Yoga Definitions & Concepts

Yoga supports us to be the best that we can be

A calming, uplifting, and healing connection of body, mind and heart

A powerful contribution to our self-care for body and mind

“the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”

Patanjali (1.2)

“a method to move from a situation of inability to a situation of understanding”

“developing the capacity to do what must be done: with intelligence and without craving the benefits of that 'doing'“
Bhagavad Gita (II.50)

“helping us identify with our true nature and not with suffering”
Bhagavad Gita (VI.23)



Yoga has three avenues of practice: for power, self-inquiry or therapeutic healthcare

 - Paul Harvey, http:/

1. As power

"The ability to achieve something through intense physical and mental effort."
 - Paul Harvey

(Either an ego-centered power or a peaceful, inner strength.)

2. As self-inquiry

"To appreciate and sustain a quality of attention… to be less influenced by the more usual patterning within the mind"
 - Paul Harvey

“True liberty is what relationship you have with your habits.”
 - T Krishnamacharya

3. As therapeutic healthcare

"Yoga, as a restorative support and preventative support, can be therapeutic healthcare to help us work at changing or anticipating the effects of problems and illness."

"Here the approach must be different for each person as our potential to practice yoga will be affected by the problem, or by our attitude towards working with it."
 - Paul Harvey

Key concepts

Without ordinary-ness, there can be no transmission of yoga. There are no gurus.

A true teacher empowers each individual.

The yoga teacher "gives inspiration and ease to those who are ready to accept it."
- Todd Norian

“Real yoga begins when there is a question.”
- TKV Desikachar

What are your questions for yourself?