Category Archives: Yoga Philosophy

Gunas

By Andre Haralyi M.A, C-IAYT The gunas are commonly translated as “qualities” or “constituents” referring to the triad of primary qualities (sattva, rajas and tamas) thought to be the principal building blocks of the cosmos or material world (prakrti) according to Yoga and Sāṃkhya traditions. The three gunas have been widely adopted by many Eastern philosophies for categorizing psychological behaviors

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Pañca-Maya-Kośa

 By Andre Haralyi M.A, C-IAYT “There are 5 sheaths (kośas) in which the Self is manifested as the ego (jīvātman)”  Taittirīya Upaniṣad II. 1.1 The Pañca-Maya-Kośa model was first introduced in chapter 2 of the Taittirīya Upaniṣad. Yoga Therapy adopts this model and in its comprehensive approach, which takes into account all levels of the human existence. This model states

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Duḥkha / Sukha

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT Duḥkha The word duḥkha literally means “bad space,” and is commonly associated with the feeling of suffering, uneasiness, uncomfortableness, unpleasantness, difficulty, pain, sorrow, and trouble. The concept of duḥkha refers to the idea of having a “bad axle hole.” When the axle hole of a wheel is not perfectly round the axle does not fit

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Upaniṣads

By Andre Haralyi The Sanskrit term “Upaniṣad” is derived from upa (near), ni (down) and sad (to sit), i.e. sitting down near. It makes reference to the student sitting down near the teacher while learning secret doctrines. In the Monier-Williams Sanskrit Dictionary the word Upaniṣad received an additional meaning: “setting to rest ignorance by revealing the knowledge of the supreme

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Self-realization

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT In the Western world “Self-realization” is understood as the fulfillment of one’s own potential. As Erich Fromm said “Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.” This concept has gained great popularity over the years specially among those interested in psycho-analysis, humanistic psychology and Western esotericism which

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