What is Sanatan (Classical) Yoga?
As conscious creatures, human beings started thinking about themselves ever since they evolved into Homo sapiens. They developed the concentration and quietness within themselves as they went internally rather than externally in the course of the thinking process. Maybe this came about by the simple act of staring into the fire or at the stars in the night sky. They started going deeper into themselves, enjoying the eternal blissfulness they achieved from this inner concentration. As they discovered the ability to connect with their true selves, they repeated it time and again which helped them to open their inner consciousness. They enjoyed the peace and quiet of their inner world as it was an escape from the external pressures. This mental concentration developed into a deep and intimate level that eventually took the form of meditation. This provided the solutions for the many everyday problems that they encountered.
The meaning of Yoga is to unite. To unite life to the universal consciousness changing the impure to pure, problem to solution, difficulty to smoothness makes the world joyful. This is the true meaning of yoga. A person who can accomplish this unity and practices regularly is called a Yogi. With the practical implementation of the Yoga path the realization of the mysterious truth of life through Yoga practice was realized. Extensive research provided different experiences from different people. To bring all the experiences of different Yogis together they developed a variety of Yoga methods, rules and paths. They also developed the yoga diet to keep mind, body and soul pure and refreshed. Different Yoga paths were developed but all of them ultimately aimed to achieve the same thing, a blissful and happy life. Yoga has travelled a long way over thousands of years to the present day. To bring Yoga to this place, many Yogis and Saints have contributed a lot through the Teacher/Student relationship. This is the authentic way of transferring the knowledge of Yoga and this is the true meaning of Traditional Yoga.
Living in the stressful and hectic life of the twenty first century, people from around the world have sought an escape and linked their life to Yoga or want to be connected. Yoga has reached every corner of the world from its origin in the East but the two important questions should be asked, “Is Yoga being taught the way it should be?” and “Is Yoga becoming too commercial and diverging from its authentic track?”. These questions and others need serious answers. Yoga in the modern world has been developed as a fashionable form of exercise changing the fundamental essence of Yoga and downgrading its form. This watered down form of yoga, can bring fun and fitness to people for a while but they remain far from the real experience and benefits of Yoga.
There is a dilemma that people who want to practice the traditional and authentic system of Yoga do not know where to find a teacher in the traditional method. There are different types of Yoga to suit people of different abilities and interests. They can choose their perfect type of Yoga once they are able to recognize their true physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social condition. This makes self exploration very important when choosing to practice the right Yoga in the correct way. Taking all these things into consideration, we are committed to take Yoga ahead in its most traditional and authentic way without being diverted from its essence with our team of qualified and experienced Sanatan (Classical) Yoga practitioners and researchers.
Sanatan Yoga is based on classical Hatha yoga as outlined in the traditional texts, Hatha Pradapika and Gheranda Samhita, as well as traditional Astanga (8 Limbs of Yoga) outlined by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.