In addition to our daily ashram programmes, we also offer special programmes, workshops, and seminars throughout the year on a variety of practical and philosophical topics related to yoga science.
Hatha Yoga describes the physical practices of yoga. The word Hatha is a compound of the syllables Ha and Tha which represent solar and lunar energies. Hatha is the unification of complementary energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, active and receptive.
In the Himalayan system of Dhyana Yoga, the practice of Pranayama exercises is one of the most important preparations for experiencing the depths of the practice of meditation. The word Pranayama can have two definitions: “control of prana” and “expansion of prana”.
In the texts of Vedanta there are several discussions on the nature of sleep. It is said that sleep is just one step short of the supreme ananda: the bliss of divinity. If it is conscious it is ananda. If it is unconscious, it is just a blurring of awareness. A forced resting of the mind.
The ancient texts are taught in the context of meditation practice. For example, the Vedanta is not taught only as text of doctrine but as the basis of Vedantic meditation, the practice of nididhyasana (the Vedantic system of contemplation).