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Anatomy & Ashtanga yoga

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All of our systems are connectedHealing the Total Body: Where Western Anatomy Meets Eastern Spiritual Science

Healing Series, part 1 

Table of Contents:

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

Western Science

Eastern Science

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Eastern science

Eastern sciences of Ayurveda, Chakra System and Traditional Chinese Medicine provide alternative approaches as the spirit and subtle body are concerned, and support Ashtanga Yoga.

Yoga Sutras by Patanjali were written to explain the process and systematic analysis of awakening. The first yoga sutra 1.2, citta vrtti nirodha, tells us that the mind is composed of thought modifications and activity. We seek complete cessation of the mind through yoga.  

Subtle body 

With Mysore Ashtanga yoga, I don’t need to dedicate myself to a full day of spiritual practice because it is all inclusive with a morning practice. The rest works out unconsciously. I see changes from day to day in my thought patterns, nervous system, cravings, energy and emotional states on a level that I could not possibly will to change consciously. My yoga burns the samskaras, which are impressions embedded in the subconscious mind which cloud my knowing the truth of who I am.