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Yoga Philosophy

Yoga Philosophy

What is Yoga Philosophy?

Traditional yoga philosophy is an ancient wisdom passed down through centuries in historical texts like the Updanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. As a darshan of Hinduism, yoga gives us a framework for attaining union of body, mind, and spirit. Central tenets of yoga philosophy revolve around the law of karma, balancing the prana and kundalini energies that move through the body’s chakra system, and attaining enlightenment through self-awareness and detachment.


Through practicing yoga, we are able to use yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation to become better versions of ourselves by creating physical, mental, and spiritual harmony within our bodies, and in the world at large. The goal of yoga is to achieve a supreme state called moksha through regular exercise, breath work, meditation, proper nutrition, and relaxation. It is believed this state (also called samadhi) allows one to fully realize their highest self. Here are some other things you should know about yoga philosophy.



Who it’s for
  • Beginner to advanced yogis
  • Anyone seeking balance and self-awareness


Who it’s not for
  • The core tenets of yoga can benefit everyone
How it will help you
  • By following the eight limbs of yoga outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, you can achieve self-awareness and enlightenment
  • The philosophy of yoga presents a way to cope with hectic modern life and find peace.
  • Through regular practice, yoga helps relieve tension and stress, and encourages feelings of balance, connectivity, and wholeness


How it will not help you
  • There is something for everyone in the practice of yoga
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