A JOURNEY TO THE SOUL

According to Yogic Philosophy the human being is capable of experiencing 5 dimensions or layers of existence, which are known as the Panca Koshas. These dimensions range from gross to subtle and can be used as a tool to progressively understand and deepen our Yoga practice. The aim of the Yoga aspirant is to achieve higher levels of consciousness by piercing through kosha after kosha. All Yogic practices facilitate this process. Over the two weeks we will explore the relationship of these practices and the way they relate to the dimensions of reality. As we increase our ability to cut through these layers we will move closer towards that which cannot be removed, our true nature.

HOW THE PRACTICE OF YAMAS INFORMS YOUR KARMA YOGA

“Hasten to do good; refrain from evil. If you neglect the good, evil can enter your mind.” –The Dhammapada

Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service, is one of the four classical forms of yoga, as described by the Bhagavad Gita. The Yamas (restraints) are the ethical principles that form the foundation of a Yoga practice according to the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali. Deliberately engaging in uplifting society by serving others purifies the heart and mind and makes the practice of Yamas easier. Yoga practices, especially Asana can easily lead to spiritual ego and/or a self-centered, narcissistic body cult. Karma Yoga is essential for practitioners who consider themselves compassionate activists and want to progress on the spiritual path. Maria and Yogeswari will teach vigorous Jivamukti classes and share what inspired them to create their respective foundations (Fundacion Radika and AZAHAR Foundation).