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Yoga as a Tool


Yoga is an ancient discipline with its origins in India as early as 3000 B.C. It is manifested through techniques, which have ultimate goal to breed transformation of the consciousness and help attaining liberation (moksha) from karma and rebirth (samsara). In a plain words, yoga means union of our individual consciousness with the Universal one. Ancient Indian rishis understood that techniques, which lead to liberation of soul from the bondage of maya (Raja Yoga) require as well a healthy body. They recognized physical form as an integral part of the humans, which has its own character specific to each person and closely related to karma.

When un-functional, body can prevent a good operation of the life itself and can take away all aspirations person may have. Body-in-pain can take-over a large part of individuum, causing that life is perceived only through the physical lenses and everything outside of physical form cease to exist. With this, suffering extends to levels beyond the body. Generally speaking, unhealthy bodily conditions are warning signals of internal or external abuse. When aware of it, one can utilise aching body as a playing field for health improvement, spiritual development and awakening. Opposite, if awareness is not there, body can become a barrier for all actions no matter at which level.

With development of the Hatha Yoga, ancient yogis opened the way to discipline and purify body and prepare it at the same time to higher levels of energy. Developed methods included body postures (asanas), hand positions and gestures (mudra), conscious awareness on breath (pranayama), etc.

Hatha Yoga, at its most basic level, requires from practitioners to conduct asanas with full awareness (awareness on body, organs, breath, sensations, vibrations etc.). Such focused approach brings up a good understanding of body mechanics, complexity and interconnections within and outside of ones physical form. In addition, one learns to influence own physical and emotional health, and drive energy in optimal direction. Basically, with properly executed Hatha Yoga, body will cease to be limiting factor for achieving higher possibilities and will help practitioner to elevate consciousness through appropriate postures.

In 19th century Yoga was introduced to Western world. Unfortunately, Western practitioners largely assimilated only physical aspect of the Yoga, loosing perspective of its main goal: to reach union and boundlessness. Without larger perspective, Hatha Yoga is perceived as a simple exercise-form where physical postures (asanas) are mostly performed mechanically, in competition manner and with the goal to achieve an acrobatic level.

The Three Kernel System perceives Yoga as a dynamic meditation and an awareness tool and tries to apply basic principles of the traditional Yoga holistic approach: working with body, breath, mind and spirit at the same time. This way, not only physical and mental health are targeted, through the impact on hormonal and nervous systems, but as well spiritual growth is considered. Attention is put on awareness, focus and full presence, which are particularly strengthened through the aware silence.

Boundaries of each particular person are recognised, resulting in various combinations of used elements, different levels of asana simplicity or different choice of asanas. In general System applies premise that simple postures, which are conducted with the full awareness and focus, bring practitioner to better health and higher developmental level. In other words, mastering a single asana through full awareness will bring practitioner further toward better understanding of the internal and external world, than display of the acrobatic proficiency achieved without full awareness.

As a byproduct of the awareness practice, person would be able to take responsibility over own life and would come closer to awakening into the true existence.

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