Q: What 'style' is your Yoga practice?
A: Our Yoga is based upon the traditional Vedic Yoga of India that also reflects Tantric Yoga. It is a more integral Yoga that combines all aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga systems.
Q: Do you have regular classes?
A: As we teach a Traditional Yoga, as per the Guru-shishya (Guru and disciple) tradition, Durgadas teaches people on a one to one basis, as per Ayurvedic and personal concerns, after initial consultations with him, suited to your type.
Q: What lineage is your Yoga system?
A: Our system is the Rishi-parampara of India that includes Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati, Sri Aurobindo and Vasistha Ganapati Muni, working with the original Yoga of the Rig Veda to the later Tantras and is essentially a Shaivite or Shakta Yoga system.
Read below to learn more:
Yoga in Ayurveda is not simply about various postures and breathing techniques for healing generic diseases as many think.
Ayurvedic Yoga is the Original Yoga of India that assesses every person as a unique individual, and the best Yoga for them.
Traditionally, Yoga was used in India as per a person’s physical constitution (prakriti) and disease condition (vikriti), assessing various body types, mental states etc. before prescribing any Yoga therapies.
Ayurvedic Yoga incorporates working with pressure points known as “marmas”, and also brings in various massage techniques to mantras (sacred chants) for these as well as other techniques and practices aimed at the individual over a mass instruction.
Ayurvedic Yoga also incorporates Ayurvedic or Vedic Psychology for healing the mind.
Various mantric sounds also have a part in sound-therapy in Ayurveda, which relate to various gods and goddesses corresponding to the energies of the Ayurvedic biological humors as Vata (wind), Pitta (bile) and Kapha (phlegm), to increase to reduce them.
As with astrology and use of gemstones and colour-therapy, Ayurvedic Yoga uses various asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and meditations (dhyanas) as per your biological humor description of Vata-Pitta-Kapha, and hence is a personalized complete Yoga system for you.
This includes mudras (hand symbols) that also press on various pressure points in the body, as well as various smells that can affect the mind, and as mentioned various mantras, deities, postures and breathing techniques and other methods that can help your mental and physical health, on a day to day basis.
If you are interested, we can also give you specific mantras and chants for deities specific to your astrology and conditions and spiritual beliefs, from the powerful path of the Goddess down to Lord Dhanwantri, the deity of healing.
Ayurvedic Yoga as an aspect of Bhutavidya (Ayurvedic Psychology) helps calm the mind and senses, using the above techniques described, and also along with astrology also.
We help go beyond our deep-seated issues, and clear the "unconscious" mind, as well as awaken the intellect or mental metabolism.
As noted, there are also many levels to it, and we also give a personalized Yoga regime based upon your own disease and biological constitution according to Ayurveda.
This is quite different from the usual Yogic approach of the West, which is to enforce some kind of one-off treatment for all.
This was not the traditional nature of Ayurvedic Yoga.
For example, Yoga must be combined with an Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet in harmony with your disease and constitution, as well as Yoga practices.
Marma massage, Mantras and use of deities, fragrances as incense colour therapy all form aspects of the true Ayurvedic Yoga also, and are important integral parts of Ayurveda, such as we can also teach you.
As part of our Ayurvedic consultations, we will mention various practices that are helpful to you along these lines, and if you wish, we can include some traditional Hindu practices, deities and mantras to help you also, if you are so inclined, or just wish to know more about these.
Understanding these is very important, as also their astrological counterpart, and forms a greater part of the Yogic tradition of Healing, which, as noted, goes beyond a few exercises / postures and breathing techniques as most Yoga teachers (incorrectly) prescribe and teach!
Vyayama (Exercise) is only one aspect of Yoga, which forms a part of Hatha Yoga.
There are also other forms of Yoga which form a part of our Purna (Integral) system:
-Ayurvedic Yoga (Yoga of Healing, as dicussed)
-Tantric Yoga (Energetic Yoga)
-Mantra Yoga (Yoga of Chants)
-Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion)
-Karma Yoga (Yoga of Selfless Service)
-Jnana Yoga (The Yoga of Wisdom)
There are several others, however we follow an Integral Approach to Yoga, which aims at bringing in All Aspects and focuses most on all of the above through an Energetic Tantric Yoga of Healing.
Yogic Spiritual Guidance / Counselling:
Here we follow a Hindu approach, and follow the traditional system of Raja Yoga – the complete Yoga system and also introduce the Hindu concepts of Advaita Vedanta (Non-Dualistic Theology).
Durgadas has been bestowed the title of “Veda Kovid”, meaning proficiency in Vedic Knowledge, including the spiritual traditions of Vedanta, the translation of Vedic texts (ancient Hindu religious texts), as also Tantra, Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology, the ancient Hindu sciences.
He also brings in much intution via higher powers of the Goddess, ancient Rishis (Seers) and Gurus and their teachings from astral and causal realms.
Into Spiritual Counselling, he also brings in his knowledge of Ayurveda, specifically Ayurvedic Herbalism and also Ayurvedic Psychology or Yoga and Ayurveda, and adds many of his own spiritual methods and techniques he has learnt over the years with his research and practise into these fields.
Some are ancient methods handed down from his family, and others are special Tantric methods and techniques perfected by him, that are mentioned in the ancient Tantric texts of India. He has also discovered many ancient practices of the oldest texts going back to the Rig Veda, which he also teaches.
These include special yogic techniques, to in-depth knowledge of mantras, the various types, their relations with planets, deities and also biological constitutions and their effects on the mind. Durgadas himself is a devotee of the Goddess (Shakti, meaning ‘Power’), and as such follows the system of Dash Mahavidya or the Ten Great Wisdom forms of the Goddess, a system which he also passes on to others.
Specific spiritual guidance, with relation to the Astrological Chart of a person and their karma, as also their mental state is given. For example, some planetary rituals and remedies are required for certain people to overcome physical and spiritual issues in their lives.
Above all, emphasis here is on the return to our true state of being or True Self (Atman in Sanskrit), our Soul which the Universe or physical world is but just a reflection. There are various ways to reach these higher states of awareness, which is where spiritual counselling and guidance is an important step.
A wonderful way to find out some health tips and Yoga techniques suited to your biological Ayurvedic type, as well as lifestyle and dietary advice.
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