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Our Approach To Yoga

mumbai_classThe simplicity, sincerity and non commercial angle draws many people and today more than a thousand people come to the Institute daily. The courses also include Health camps for several health conditions like Cardiac problems and Hypertension, Respiratory problems, Diabetes, Orthopedic conditions and Stress related problems. Some had remarked that at the Institute we cater to people from the womb to the tomb as Couple's classes offers guidance for harmony in marital life, pregnancy ante natal and post natal classes are held, children's classes including some for teenagers and then right into adult life. Some Personal Growth workshops foster on the concepts of Self Development, Concentration, Relaxation and Mind and Memory Training. These topics are based on the Samkhya principles of the Bhavas or attitudes which have to be inculcated.

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Personal Introduction by Dr. Bob Butera

In 1989, my meditation teacher in Japan recommended I study Yoga at The Yoga Institutes six-month program in Bombay, India. After some research and personal reflection, I ventured to India to spend six months at The Yoga Institute. The time in India, living at an ashram, left profound impressions in my heart. For most people who come to Yoga as a "householder" with a job and family, it may be impossible to take time away from daily life. Glimpses of this can be found at retreats that can be beneficial at showing a person the height of the Yogic experience.

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Yoga Philosophy Emphasized by The Yoga Institute PDF Print E-mail

The basic ideas of Classical Yoga are found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali of which The Yoga Institute bases its teaching. Section Two of the Yoga Sutras covers the beginners process in the Eight-Fold Path:

 

  1. Yama (Restraint): Non-violence, Non-lying, moderation, Non-stealing, Non-greed.
  2. Niyama (Observance): Purity, Contentment, Discipline, Study of Scripture, Faith in Higher Reality
  3. Asana (Yoga postures), hygiene, diet, physical aspects
  4. Pranayama (Bio-Energy Control: Breathing exercises)
  5. Pratyahara (Abstraction or Sensory Awakening)
  6. Dharana (Concentration)
  7. Dhyana (Meditation)
  8. Samadhi (union)

The first step of yama (restraint) begins with external behavior--the avoidance of negative qualities like violence and lying. The second step, niyama (observance) cultivates purity of body and mind. Thus, one's daily actions are a foundation for the subtle practices of meditation--a still mind during the day is a still mind during meditation. These ethical steps in Yoga start with the gross level of actions and apply to the subtle aspects of the mind as thoughts, desires and urges. To remain non-violent in one's deepest thoughts is very difficult to accomplish. Gandhi practiced non-violence as his form of Yoga. The Yoga Institute maintains that Hatha Yoga practices, like Yoga postures and breathing techniques, are most effective when ethical behavior is cultivated. The context of the first steps of Yoga is different for the householder than the monk. Where celibacy is maintained by monks, moderation is emphasized for the householder.

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Present Activities of The Yoga Institute PDF Print E-mail

The Yoga Institute has pioneered in the fields of Yoga Therapy, Yoga Education, Publishing, and Yoga for Better Living. Each program focuses on training people to be self-reliant and each of the above activities are forms of education. The heart of Yoga Therapy is replacing unhealthy habits with a spiritual approach to life. A great deal of effort and patience on the teacher's behalf is necessary to help people change unhealthy habits. Once educated in Yoga to the point of practicing, students become independent and are trained to help others.

In recent development, after years of planning, the Indian Educational Department made Yoga an official class at all schools. The Yoga courses focus on an overall approach to living based on four concepts: concentration, self-direction, objectivity, and self-reliance. The teaching of Yoga practices in its philosophical context maintains the subtle aspects of Yoga. Yoga postures easily develop into rote exercises when concepts like non-violence, relaxation and objectivity are forgotten.

A long-term educational endeavor of The Yoga Institute is teacher training. The program lasts six months for those who live on-site, which includes assistant teaching and one-to-one discussions with the directors. Those who commute normally study for two years before completing all the requirements of Yoga Teacher Training. Often foreigners join the six-month teacher training program and return to their homeland to teach Yoga.

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