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Jnana loosely translates as knowledge and specifically the right knowledge. It’s not limited to the physical and material aspects as those can be deceptive. It’s the discretion to separate the real from the unreal, truth from untruth. It is an important part of Yoga as we need both knowledge and practice to make progress. Through practice we condition our physical and mental body for higher practices of Yoga. Through knowledge we ensure we stay on the right path and don’t get mislead. There are many ways to gain true knowledge, through Satsang (spiritual discourses), reading scriptures or philosophy, but mostly through self-experience in meditation. At Yoganama we believe that everyone’s spirituality is different and journey unique so our goal is to share an unbiased view of yoga. This section aims to bring greater understanding of yogic concepts, different types of yoga, it also covers Yoga Sutras, ancient philosophy as well as various preliminary meditative practices to improve concentration.

  • Two types of Samadhi described in the Yoga Sturas are Samprajnata and Asamprajnata. Both are states of corresponding to the eighth step of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga.  Samprajnata means Samadhi with Prajna or highest wisdom. On the other hand, Asamprajnata has two prevalent definitions because scholars disagree on it.

  • Spine is a critical medium for the subtle body as it is the cornerstone of all spiritual development. It is considered a physical embodiment of the mythological mountain, Meru, which is the centre of all physical, non-physical and ethereal worlds just as the human spine is the axis of our individual and spiritual existence.

  • There is nothing that goes on in our body without the brain being involved and there is nothing that goes on in the brain without the spine being involved. Together they control all the functions of our body from the very first breath to the very last thought.

  • Posture or Asana is how our body chooses to take up space in this world; in fact, in evolutionary terms it is our posture that first made us human. All life originated from one single celled ancestor swimming in the seas and somewhere along the way one life became many different animals and one of those animals became a ‘social’ animal – a human.