YOGA EDU CENTRE ONTARIO (YECO’S ) -1993
To educate her students, clients, patients and people in general about Yoga as a Science and as an Indian Psychology, Manjaree Bhatt, a registered Yoga Teacher and Therapist founded Yoga Education Centre Ontario.
“Yoga transforms the person inside out that even others can mark, find and notice the changes in Yoga practitioner!”
Education takes place when, the person is open to any new learning experience at any age, time and place with an open mind!
The Yoga Education is based on four aspects or Bhavas: Dharma (Duty and Discipline), Jnana (Knowledge), Vairagya (Detachment) and Aisvarya (Self-realization).
The practice of duties and disciplined life brings awareness. The awareness brings knowledge and wisdom to discriminate good and bad, right and wrong, pure and impure, true and false. So the wise person will easily detach from the things that are not suitable for his personal growth. The virtue of Detachment brings the power of concentration, which, leads to the highest stage of self-realization.
Yoga education takes place much more at sub-conscience level. Your learning experience becomes a life style! It becomes a part of your day-to-day living. Thus the whole process transforms the person from the gross to the subtlest level of experiences and consciousness. After all “Yoga is a science of Soul, a practical Psychology!”
“There is no science on earth as perfect and as complete as Yoga.” – Shree Yogendraji
Founder –The Yoga Institute, Bombay, India (Founded in 1918)
DIFFERENT PATHS OF YOGA
People in general, quite often get confused about the types and teaching style of Yoga. Just as in any Science, Yoga, as a Human Science, offers various paths to choose from. The teaching is based upon the flexibility, capacity, capability and interest of the student. Yoga is not just the exercise but it is the integrated growing process of body, mind and Soul through the practices of its technology and ideology.
As per original texts and scriptures there are five Paths or Branches of Yoga namely:
q Astanga or Raja (Classical) Yoga,
q Karma (Action) Yoga,
q Bhakti (Devotion) Yoga,
q Jnana (Knowledge) Yoga
q Hatha (Physical) Yoga.
Around the Globe mostly Hatha Yoga is popular. So today majority of the Yoga schools are of Hatha Yoga in the world!
Sage Patanjali in Yog Sutra and Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Geeta explained the Astanga Yoga that covers and includes all the other yoga paths! That’s why it’s called and known as Classical Yoga. The eight limbs of Astanga Yoga are: Yama (Restraints), Niyama (Observances), Asana (Pose), Pranayam (Breathe control), Pratyahar (Sense control), Dharana (Fixity), Dhyan (Meditation), and Samadhi (Trans-consciousness).
Ultimately no matter which path you select or practice, it falls into Classical Yoga!