THE HIMALAYAN TRADITION OF YOGA MEDITATION
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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.