At the Samadhi Silent Retreats we practice the ancient art of Yoga to Quiet The Mind.
The Yoga Asana posture practice assists the body to relax so the mind can become tranquil and receptive for deep states of meditation leading to Samadhi. This focused introspection on the breath, and the kinestetic movements or sensations in the body, can cause the chattering mind to pause its nearly ceaseless rambling. 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 practictioner, they are by no means the entirety of the system. Below is a brief look at the four types of yoga.
All four types of Yoga are presented at the Samadhi Silent Retreats, these are:
Jnana Yoga: This is the path of WISDOM and self-inquiry. We practice this path of Self-Knowledge based on the Source Experiences enhanced with the mental exercise of Source Principles. The Source Principles are presented through Spiritual discourses and Koan contemplations. We also encourage Self-Inquiry using the Mystic 7 Principles and their obvious contradictions to expand this knowledge base and to dissolve the delusional paradigm.
Bhakti Yoga: This is the path of DEVOTION. We practice applying Source principles of revealed inner truth which naturally blossoms as condition-less acceptance, un-attached love and pure truth. Bhakti Yoga is traditionally expressed as "Devotion To God", and because we are The Source, there is only ourself to receive this perfect devotion that excludes nothing. We recognize and celebrate our Unity as Source.
Karma Yoga: This is the path of mindful self-less ACTION. We practice the mindfulness of Walking, Breathing, Moving and Responding in Truthful Awareness. When we recognize that we are The Source, and remain immersed in that knowingness; all acts are self-less, all acts are the actions of the Self-Realized God. Karma Yoga is traditionally expressed as "Service To Others", but because there is only Unity, with no separation; we see that there are no "others" to serve. Living in the full recognition of this is called Self-Realization.
Raja Yoga: This is the path of PRACTICE of asana and meditation. We practice the Yoga asanas (postures), Mudras, Chanting, Pranayamas, Yantra exercises, and Mantra recitation; as well as, active and silent Meditations, and Samadhi Resin Ceremonies. We effortlessly transcend thoughts by placing ourselves in an atmosphere conducive for the silence of Samadhi, throughout each of our practices.
The word Yoga means "Union" which we accept to mean the recognition that we are The Source and have never left except in our own thoughts as The Source. The Union is mental only and the physical is not real. There is no separation to unite.
"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."