Yoga is an age old science which has become very relevant in this modern time due to various aspects of yoga.
As the human consciousness has evolved to higher levels, man is able to perceive the subtle truth of yoga and adopt its principle in his life.
Yoga is a science, but it takes you beyond science as you follow yoga in your life sincerely with an experimental attitude and a keen striving to achieve the highest goal of life.
Yoga appeals to the rational mind as it is a science but it effects a quantum leap in your consciousness along with your yoga journey.
The man in the modern world is bewildered with numerous concepts and percepts of life and its goal.
The science of yoga sheds the true light on all aspects of life and helps you mould your vision of life with strong foundation.
Yoga verily is the total understanding of life.
The system of yoga originated in India 10000 years back (or before) as a spiritual science to help humanity evolve to higher consciousness.
But it didn’t become as popular as it is now due to the various reasons.
Yoga was confined to a small sect of people and it was taken as an esoteric science and forbidden to the masses.
The general public was not considered to be eligible (adhikari) to follow this experimental science.
Also the texts were not printed and followed the oral tradition.
But in modern time, with its progress in education and development of print media, many people got access to this knowledge and yoga is getting popular day by day.
Though yoga is very ancient science, it got much popularity in the recent past, say from 20th century onwards.
Apart from the yogic vision of life which gives solutions to all philosophical jargons of the modern day, yoga is being increasingly recognized to be the best alternative medical system across the globe.
Based on the sound philosophical back-up and time tested remedies, it has emerged as the safe and effective option to western bio-medicine.
At Soham, we have developed a unique style of yoga called Soham Holistic yoga which gives more emphasis to the true vision of yoga than taking it just as a physical exercise.
In the recent past, yoga was exported to the west and they made some structural changes, and being imported to India as new variations of yoga.
This trend is very dangerous and it may spoil the true spirit of yoga.
Yoga is more of spiritual exercise than physical though it is helpful to attain all physical benefits.
Yoga has two parts – Hatha (Physical) and Raja (Inner).
Hatha yoga explores the body field and Raja yoga explores the mind field - hence yoga is the holistic comprehension of life.
At Soham, we highlight yoga as a learning process of life with body and mind as the field of activities.
Asanas are mediation oriented physical exercise and it helps you attain health and well being at all levels of existence.
So, we are very much pledged to follow yoga in the authentic way and spread the message of yoga keeping in mind the highest purpose of yoga which is to attain enlightenment.
In Soham Holistic Yoga, we have given importance to the therapeutic benefits of yoga to heal the common ailments.
We have identified some of the common ailments of the modern time are back and spinal problems, stomach upsets, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, obesity, hyper tension, asthma etc which are mainly caused by life style and excess stress.
Accordingly, we have selected some of the suitable yogic exercises, postures, pranayama etc. which are practiced in a sequence with more emphasis to deep relaxation and awareness.
In the basic yoga course, we teach around 25 yogic exercises, 36 yoga postures, 5 types of pranayama, various meditation techniques etc. which would make the practitioner a strong person with sound health and mental poise in order to cope up with the challenging situations of modern time.
In the advanced yoga course and TTC, we have included more asanas and other practices as they are more evolved to go for it.
But for the common men, we suggest to follow only the basic course (which itself is a complete program for a life time practice) in consideration to their health.