New Academic Year Genuine Integral Esoteric Yoga Course

Course starts on September 17th, and it will run on Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm. We are very happy to welcome you back in our Yoga School.

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Discernment in current affairs

Submitted by Sublima on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 15:15
Trump

The Sanskrit word viveka means "discernment".  This quality of seeing the true reality beyond superficial appearances is vital in traditional yoga.  Often the term is applied to our inner world: our Ego endlessly shouts that we are separate, lonely, vulnerable, and need to take what we can.  Our Heart gently whispers that we are one with the world and we should give all that we can.  We hear it only if we can quieten the mind and start on a path to inner peace, freedom and bliss.

Let's be clear, our Yoga school is absolutely not about politics.  Yet if we are to live in the modern world it's important to turn our discernment outwards lest we be blinded, manipulated and cheated.  Let's take, for example, President Trump.  He is often reported to be idiotic or crazy, yet this comes from our mass media controlled by a handful of billionaires who obviously have vested interests in preserving their own huge income and power.  So let's consider that the media might be like the inner Ego, endlessly shouting to cover up astonishing truths.

We see another reality if we look deeper to what Trump has actually achieved in the name of his own motto:

We will give the power - which has been stolen - back to the people

During his time in office, he has vocally and even outrageously supported some key policies: attacks on North Korea, then Venezuela; expansion of Israel; strengthening of the US-dominated Swift financial system.  Millions of ethically-minded people around the world might gratefully reflect that his actions have hindered the policies he speaks for, with other world powers being forced to distance themselves from him.  But isn't it strange that Trump who — whatever you think of him has been hugely successful at getting what he wants in business and politics — should keep making such obvious mistakes?  Could there be an alternative explanation?

Try this article that proposes Trump as a subtle statesman who has achieved exactly what he wanted.  He has fought a globalist ideology centring power in a select few bankers, industrialists and media moguls by acting the fool — without caring that most people think he is one.  Be sure to take an open mind and plenty of discernment.  When you are done, turn your discernment back inwards again.  How did you react; why; what patterns, habits, attachments might underlie it?  Let's be clear: we are not suggesting that you should like the way Trump behaves or statements he makes.  It's just an invitation to notice he's trying to do something important that you also deeply wish for.

Join our weekly Esoteric Yoga Course for the journey inside to awaken the heart.  Don't worry we hardly ever talk about politics.

Esoteric Yoga course outline

Submitted by Adam on Wed, 04/12/2019 - 12:36
7 chakras in meditation

As our course develops over the weeks of each year, rather than just offering a drop in weekly practice, here are some of the highlights presented over the year. 

In the first year of the course, you will gain a good grounding in various aspects of traditional Yoga.

Asana

Asana means physical pose.  You will learn 30 asana in the first year, which will be the core of your practice.  Each one will be taught with detailed instructions on correct technique, safe practice and common errors to avoid.  However that's just a framework for the real practice which is a specific mental focus and awareness.  Practising each pose for longer and mostly with your eyes closed, it becomes a meditation.

In this way the benefits are amplified at the physical level, but also emotionally and mentally.  You can gradually improve your vitality, self-confidence, charisma, empathy, intuition, focus and aspiration.  Most likely you already believe that correct physical exercise will improve physical health, so correspondingly, it should be no surprise that correct mental exercise will improve the mind and emotions.

Laya Yoga Meditation

Learn a specific highly-beneficial meditation technique based on a secret seed mantra.  You will learn how to utter a simple sound internally then focus to perceive the effects.  Many people find this leads to a deep, focused meditation that leaves you calm and energised.

In the modern world where we are often juggling many problems at once, people tend to lose the ability to focus on one single object.  Without focus, meditation is weak, so we will teach you specific techniques to practice to improve your concentration and focus.

Daily routine

Learn how to improve your daily routine for optimal health.  Start your day with simple Kriyas which are purification techniques for the eyes, nose and mouth.  Learn what foods to prefer and how to schedule your day.

The Power of the Mind and Law of Resonance

Whether you believe you will succeed or believe you will fail, either way you will probably be right

Modern science has confirmed the astonishing power of the mind with research on the Placebo effect.  Rigorous research has shown that many people get better when given a sugar-pill that they believed was medicine.

If you are filled with feelings of aggression when you meet someone you are more likely to encounter aggression whereas if you come full of love and peace you will influence the people you meet accordingly.

The course will teach you how to cultivate a beneficial mind state to influence and attract beneficial states. 

This is known as the Law of Resonance, in Yogi tradition, and it will be presented gradually and in great detail over the course. 

Ethics and Principles

Ancient Yoga texts describe five Yamas and five Niyamas, sometimes referred to as the ten commandments of Yoga.  It would be more accurate to think of them as principles for harmonious living relating to others and our own inner states.

You will learn these principles not as dry philosophy but as practical tools to apply in daily life.  Each one is taught including the subtle nuances.  For example, asteya meaning non-stealing includes not even to desire other people's possessions and not to take credit for someone's idea.

Subtle Body

The ancient Yoga texts teach that we have a subtle energetic body.  There are seven key centres known as Chakras, each corresponding in the physical body to a major branching point in the nervous system.  This may seem far fetched, but science confirms that living beings do at least have an electromagnetic field.

There is no need to take our word for it as you can experience this for yourself.  If you have an open mind and focus perseveringly then you will gradually learn to perceive energetic effects as warmth or tingling sensations during the practice of the Asana.  It's not just a pleasant 'buzz'; the cumulative effects of daily practice will lead to profound emotional, mental and energetic benefits.

While most people live their life only being predominantly aware of what happens on the first three layers of the being, out of the five known in the yogi tradition, one is specifically named the body of bliss, of beatitude.

If we take this into consideration, it is easy to realize that in reality we are meant to live this life in a blissful state, where everything we do can be done with a joyful heart. The esoteric yoga course we teach at Soma Yoga Scotland aims to help you discover just how to bring and make this joy a constant of your heart.