I. Jnana Yoga
(Pronounced “Gyaana Yoga” )
Jnana Yoga follows the practise of Atma-vichara (Self-enquiry) by cultivating jnana (wisdom) and viveka (discrimination), which employs various preliminary practises such as Pranayama (breath control), Mantra (sacred chants and sounds) and deities, to calm the mind towards inner peace (chitta nirodha, or stillness of the mind) – from which meditation can commence.
It is the highest of all Yoga paths and also the True Goal of Yoga (Union) itself – tracing back the reality of our Inner Self with the Supreme.
Durgadas follows many traditional teachings, and doesn’t just stick with the mundane texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras as many do – but follows the tradition back to the earliest texts, such as the Rig Veda, the world’s oldest religious text, and the Upanishads, the sacred esoteric texts on Vedanta or Hindu theology – as well as later texts in the tradition, such as the works of Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Shivananda, Paramhansa Yogananda, Sri Aurobindo and more of all – the foremost of modern Jnana Yogis – Sri Ramana Maharishi.
His Vedic teacher and inspiration is Vamadeva Shastri, the well-known author, Ayurvedic practitioner, Vedic Astrologer and Acharya (Teacher) of the Vedas.
Taking traditional inspiration, Durgadas guides sadhaks (yogic aspirants) towards seeking union and inner truths for themselves through his guidance, and seeking the Inner-Guru which means connecting to Guru-forms of Lord Shiva, the master of Yoga such as Sri Dakshinamurthi (Divine initiator) and Dattatreya (The great Yogi Master of yore), as also the Goddess (Mahadevi) in her many aspects as Kali, Durga, Chinnamasta etc., which helps unfold the Yogic forces of enlightenment as the Yoga-shakti or power of Yoga.
Here, Durgadas teaches the Entire Tradition of Yoga (Raja Yoga), as per Traditional values and thoughts, with inspirations from the original Vedic texts. Jnana Yoga is not a “course path”, but a life-long study and examination – the eventual release of the “I am the body” ideals.
II. Ayurvedic or Medical Yoga
incorporates not only the medical tradition of Yoga – Ayurveda, but integrates it with the traditional spiritual philosophy (Vedanta) behind Yoga itself, as well as how Yoga can integrate certain Ayurvedic herbs, methods and lifestyles as well as diets into it’s regime.
Certain breathing techniques, poses and mantras as well as other practices are all based on their Ayurvedic effects on the mind and body, which are quite different to the generic values they are often given in Yoga classes, which are based on Western medicine.
Our Yoga has no “Guru” or “Lineage” as such, and is a synthesis of various teachers and teachings, including Swami Shivananda, Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Ramdeva, Ramana Maharishi, Dr. David Frawley etc. with Durgadas's own insights, although does trace back to Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.
This follows the Original Yoga of the Vedas, which was a synthesis of many Rishis and Teachers, not limiting it to one alone and reducing the tradition, such as we find in Western Yoga regimes.
It incorporates Jnana Yoga as the highest path of the Yoga of Psychology to eliminate all suffering, on an inner level.
Durgadas has been practising and researching Yoga since very young, and has also gone over the most ancient Yoga texts, not only Yoga Sutras, but the Vedic Upanishads, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagwad Gita etc. and extracted their “nectar” as it were. Much of modern-day Yoga has itself been modified and distorted, starting back hundreds of years ago by Yogis who began “guessing” the postures mentioned in the texts and ancient teachings (as it was lost for a long time).
There are hence many ways and forms to Yoga, as there are many aspects of Vedanta (Hindu theology). Yoga itself is also stressed today as largely vyayama or exercise, which is specifically more Hatha Yoga, not the greater Yoga tradition itself, which was more based on Self-wisdom, Self-realisation and devotion.
Mantra-Yoga also forms an important aspect. Common mantras such as the “Hare Krishna” mantra have also effects with regards to the mind and biological constitutions, as do the deities. Breath energies are another science. Marmas or pressure points in Ayurveda are also another are activated via mantric, herbal and also breathing techniques. These all form parts of our integral Yoga or Ayurvedic Yoga practices.
Thus, we synthesise our Yoga with the most ancient of teachings, not just of one school or teacher alone. The works and teachings of Swami Shivananda, Sri Ramakrishna, Paramhansa Yogananda, Vedic Rishis, Sri Krishna, Rishi Yagyavalkya, Swami Ramdev, BKS Iyenger, Sri Aurobindo, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, Ramana Maharishi, Ganapati Muni etc. hence have an important place.
We look back to Sri Ramana Maharishi and Sri Ramakrishna and their approaches to bhakti and jnana Yoga traditions, as well as to a Vedic Yoga, presented by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati of the Arya Samaj and more recently by Sri Auorbindo and Dr. David Frawley, of whom Durgadas is a student of in Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Yoga, Astrology and Vedic Sciences.
Durgadas has also had many years meditating on the texts, and many mantras and deities through spiritual practices and connecting to higher Cosmic Yoga-Gurus such as Sri Krishna, Maharishi Yagyavalkya (Babaji), Dattatreya and Lord Shiva, revealing deeper lost secrets of Yoga, Veda, Mantras and Ayurvedic Yoga. These insights are also revealed in his teachings.
As such, he has been given the title of “Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher” with 1200 hours of study and practise in the area, as well as “Veda Kovid”, a rare title as a Vedic Teacher, owing to his books, years of intense sadhana to the Goddess and Shiva, and research into the Vedic tradition, going back to the Rig Veda Samhita, the oldest of all texts on the planet!
In addition, as a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner, qualified and trained especially in Kerala Clinical Ayurveda, Panchakarma Therapies, Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Ayurvedic Astrology etc., he brings in a synthesised and traditional approach.
If classifying a specific Yoga type, Durgadas’s Yoga would be a Tantric or Energetic Ayurvedic Yoga or Ayurvedic Psychological Yoga, but dealing with all facets of Yoga Therapy, including subtle methods related to spiritual practices, physical applications of the Asanas and Pranayamas or postures and breathing techniques for best health and well-being – but most of all, directed towards the goal of Yoga – Self-Realisation, through Self-knowledge and devotion!
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Durgadas is a trained Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher, certified with 1200 hours by Dr. David Frawley, one of the world's leading authorities on Ayurvedic Yoga, with special training and study in the area of Ayurvedic Yoga & Vedic Yoga.
"Rodney Lingham (Durgadas) has a profound knowledge of Veda, Tantra and Yoga, including of the original mantras and higher deity energies that few are ever able to gain.
He is a veritable treasure house of Vedic and Tantric lore, not simply of an academic or informational nature, but reflecting detailed Yoga practices understood only to rare souls who can truly extend their awareness beyond human consciousness.
Rodney (Durgadas) must have been born with this deeper knowledge and have as a mission to sustain it in this world. He has already seriously taken the task of guiding others and is carefully transmitting his knowledge to select students.
Rodney (Durgadas) is bound to be one of the most important Vedic teachers for decades to come. He reminds one of ancient rishis like Vishwamitra and Bharadvaja who not only had the higher knowledge but made sure that it was protected and shared in the proper context of devotion and respect."
-Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley)
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