When we exclusively focus on the physical dimension of yoga, the depth of our practice cannot go beyond form to experience the formless spirit of yoga. To confine the profound depth of yoga and to use it exclusively as a body-centered practice is like clipping the wings of an airplane and using it as an automobile. The purpose of Paramanand Yoga is to give wings to your practice to explore, expand, and experience the infinite power of spirit that you are.
The basic intention in the practice of Paramanand Yoga is to consolidate and integrate the fragmentation of mental, emotional, and energetic forces, bringing all parts of your being into balance.
We can use yoga postures to transcend both physical as well as more subtle layers of tension and limitation. Inward focus and meditative awareness allows you to dive beneath the ordinary surface level of waking consciousness into a state of awakened consciousness that acts independently of your acquired personal Limitations. As you enter this depth in the practice of Paramanand Yoga, the postures simultaneously become therapeutic and spiritual in nature.
Paramanand Yoga uses Hatha Yoga postures as a foundation to bring about Nadi Shuddhi – the purification of the body’s nerve channels, balancing the function of glands and ridding the body of toxins. This simultaneously retards the aging process and increases vitality, endurance, and flexibility.
As you proceed into the second stage, which focuses on prolonged holding of the posture with inward focus and meditative awareness, you experience the unique blending of the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of the practice of yoga. Meditative attention and awareness anchor all the psychosomatic forces, inducing them to function harmoniously as a unit. Yoga postures, integrated with inward focus, allow you to engage all levels of your being, helping release tensions that surface during the practice of the postures.
The purpose for the practice of yoga is to enter the integrated state of our being. The body is used as a vehicle through which we recognize the blockages that keep us from our being. They exist not only on the physical but also on the mental and emotional levels. Yoga postures are used as a vehicle to bring these blockages to the surface to be reintegrated.
The first stage of Paramanand Yoga is willful practice where we learn to face our psychosomatic tensions. As we go deeper to the subtler levels, we awaken the underlying layers that are accompanied by old memories, fears, shame, anger, etc. In the practice of Paramanand Yoga, you learn to encounter these blockages with meditative attention and to release them the moment you encounter them. These subtler layers of tension that live in the form of unconscious habits and pre-programmed attitudes are the cause of ongoing stress.
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The possibility of releasing and integrating these tensions come from fully experiencing them without distorting them with our anticipations, expectations, and evaluations.
The limits we experience in our physical, mental, and spiritual expressions are acquired and stored in as unconscious over many lifetimes (karma). Our body and our unconscious hold the entire history of what we have lived through and experienced. During the practice of Paramanand Yoga, you intentionally bring to the surface all these blockages built into your unconscious memories and muscles as chronic tensions. As you enter deeper and deeper levels, you begin to experience catharsis. All such past limitations, inhibitions, and boundaries from living unconsciously can only be released through practicing yoga with consciousness.
Thus Paramanand Yoga indeed offers a holistic Yoga Certification Course. Come! Be a fortunate few to experience divinity through Yoga.
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