Resources to learn more about yoga and find classes in your area.
Yoga has been around for more than 5000 years. It has been brought to the west through many sages and gurus and has been seen on this continent as early as the late 1800’s. Yoga literally means YOKE. The yoke of the finite to the Infinite. The teachings of yoga passed from master to student through rigorous training of the body, mind and awakening of the spirit. It was not until Patanjali that the world had any writings of these gurus and teachers. Patanjali codified the teachings of yoga, but did not originate them (as many have misunderstood). The Bhagvagita is also a text modern yogis use as a basis of teachings.
Today, yoga can be found almost everywhere, from yoga studios to fitness clubs, through videos and books. Yoga is not a religion but is based in a philosophy for living. When we think of yoga we often think of body postures called asanas and little else. However, the asanas are just one eighth of the path of yoga. From the Yamas (restraints) and Niyamas (disciplines) to Dyana (meditation) and Samadhi (awakening), yoga contains more avenues for learning about yourself and the Self than mere postures. Yoga can be a place of transformation, growth and healing.
The information above is excerpted from The Jewelled Lotus; Yoga with Norine Longmire Aarons. based in Mission BC. Please visit : http://www.jewelledlotus.com/
Article by Norine Longmire Aarons: http://www.birankai.org/biran/2010_1/traditionOfPhilosophies.php
Yoga directory in Vancouver Canada: http://www.yogavancouver.ca/index.html
Yoga in Portland Oregon:
Amrita, Yoga Alliance, Living Yoga, Sarahjoy Marsh: http://www.amritasanctuary.com/
Iyengar Yoga: http://www.jlyc.com/index.php
Portland Yoga Arts community studio: http://www.portlandyogaarts.com/index.html
Potentials Yoga Studio: http://www.potentialsyogastudio.com/index.html
Bikram’s Yoga College of India: http://www.bikramyoga.com/
Sellwood Yoga: http://sellwoodyoga.com/
Yoga in Corvallis, Oregon: http://yogacentercorvallis.com/index.html
Yoga in Aurora, Oregon: http://www.auroramovementarts.com/class-schedule.html
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