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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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Haṭha-Yoga

By Andre Haralyi M.A., C-IAYT The creation of Haṭha-Yoga is associated with Goraksha Nātha and his teacher Matsyendra Nātha who likely lived before the middle of the 10th century C.E. In contrast with the Classical Yoga doctrine which emphasizes a progressive withdrawal from the forms of nature, Haṭha-Yoga derived from the Tantra tradition, and understands the body as a vehicle

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Rāja-Yoga

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT The Yoga-Sūtras, believed to be written by the sage Patañjali between 200 B.C.E. and  200 C.E., consists of 196 sūtras​*​ divided into 4 chapters. The Yoga-Sūtras of Patañjali is considered the owner’s manual for the human mind. This work describes the nature of human consciousness, the means to overcome its conditioned limitations and the eight-fold

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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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Praṇava Oṁ ॐ

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT The sacred syllable Oṁ represents the primordial sound, the infinite cosmic vibration,  the pulse of the universe, the Absolute/Supreme (Brahman)​*​ and therefore the means of Its meditation. It is considered the oldest and most venerated of all mantras according to Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and all Yoga traditions. Oṁ is also used as a “root,” often

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What is Yoga Therapy

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT Yoga therapy is a holistic discipline that aims to help in the prevention, treatment, and palliative care of those suffering from a variety of physical, physiological, and psychological health conditions or simply to improve overall health, promote longevity and well-being. Yoga Therapy treats the individual as a whole and adopts a vast range of Yogic

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Mantra Yoga

By Andre Haralyi, M.A., C-IAYT Mantras are energy-based sounds. According to the science of sound, known as mantra-vidyā, sound is a form of vibration (energy) and the entire universe is in a state of vibration. Sound, particularly repetitive sound, was recognized early on as one way to alter consciousness and later became a sophisticated means of religious expression and spiritual

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