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Himalayan Tradition

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The Himalayan Tradition

The Himalayan mountains have been the home of sages for millennia. These great sages, such as Shankaracharya, have lived and passed on knowledge of the yogic teachings to disciples who then became masters in an unbroken lineage.

The initial purpose of the Tradition is to awaken the divine flame within each human being. The goal is for each student to come to know his or her true Self and they can look to the Tradition and its teachings for guidance. The principal tenets and practices of all known systems of meditation are included in the Himalayan system.

The chief components of the Himalayan system are purification of thoughts and emotions, mindfulness, breath awareness, shavasana (relaxation), japa (mantra repetition), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi. In our tradition, hatha yoga is taught as a way to train the mind through the body and to train the body from the mind, not merely as a set of physical exercises. Meditation is a way of making the unconscious conscious. All aspects of our being are trained and guided for this purpose and all our practices lead us toward realization of the Self.

The Himalayan Tradition is distinguished in that it is the first meditative tradition, which is the most comprehensive, integral and all-inclusive. It has given birth to the major meditative traditions of the world and continues to enrich them all. It does not require adherence to a belief system but is practical in its approach, thereby helping one to experientially verify metaphysical reality. It has an unbroken lineage whose continuity is ensured through transmission of shakti in meditative and initiatory states.