Yoga: To Quiet The Mind
At the Samadhi Silent Retreats, we practice the ancient art of Yoga to quiet the mind.
Yoga is so much more than postures!
The word Yoga means union which is the remembrance that we are the Source, the wholeness, the everythingness, and that there has never been anything separate to unite.
We call this Samadhi Raja Yoga.
The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India.
Whereas asanas or postures are the most familiar part of yoga to the western practitioner, they are by no means the entirety of the system. Below is a brief look at the four types of yoga.
Samadhi Raja Yoga integrates all four types of yoga at the Samadhi Silent Retreats, these are:
- Jnana Yoga: This is the yoga of WISDOM and self-inquiry. We practice this path of self-knowledge based on the Mystic 7 Source Principles. The Source Principles are presented through spiritual discourses and specific Koan contemplations. We also encourage self-inquiry using the Mystic 7 RED FLAG contradictions to actively dissolve the delusional paradigm of separation.
- Bhakti Yoga: This is the yoga of DEVOTION. Bhakti Yoga is traditionally expressed as devotion to God. We recognized that there is only the Source, nothing else exists. Therefore, there is only yourself to receive this perfect devotion that excludes nothing. We practice applying Source principles of revealed inner truth which naturally blossoms as condition-less acceptance, un-attached love, and pure truth. We recognize and celebrate our unity as the One Source which dissolves all external objects of devotion.
- Karma Yoga: This is the yoga of mindful ACTION. Karma Yoga is traditionally expressed as self-less service for others. However, when you realize that there is only the Source, with no separation; you see that there are no others to serve. You are everyone; the Source is everyone! We encourage the practice of Source-mindfulness in all the actions of walking, breathing, moving, and responding in divine awareness. When you recognize that you are the Source and they are the Source and remain immersed in that knowingness, all acts are egoless and Self-full; all acts are the actions of the self-realized God. Living in the full-time recognition of this truth is called Self-realization.
- Hatha Yoga: This is the yoga of DISCIPLINE in the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. We practice the Yoga asanas (postures), mudras, chanting, pranayamas (yogic breathing), yantra exercises, and mantra recitation, as well as, active and silent meditations, and the Samadhi Resin Ceremony pujas as methods of discipline for the mind. We effortlessly transcend thoughts by placing ourselves in an atmosphere conducive for the silence of Samadhi, throughout each of our practices. The intent of each of these disciplines is to pause the life-force or prana which is synonymous with the illusion and the delusional mind.
The true goal of Yoga is to remember Your Own God Awareness
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"The benefit of practicing these ancient arts is attaining the state of Samadhi or “Absolute Silence of the Mind.” By utilizing a single point of focus, the practitioner can become so consumed in awareness that it can lead to a pause in the mind chatter, and then the silence of Samadhi can reveal inner truths that are rarely accessible."