Yoga has become very popular throughout the world, especially since the late 1960’s when the Beatles visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India. Nowadays, yoga is usually associated with one particular limb or anga – the physical postures or asana-s. It isn’t unusual to see numerous yoga ‘studios,’ touting a variety of yoga ‘styles.’ Though the asanas do provide diverse physical and health benefits, they are certainly not the main purpose of yoga. So, what is yoga?
The purpose of this site is to explore yoga as one of the 6 darshana-s (sister philosophies) of India and understand how proper practice of the complete yoga system can help us enrich our lives and understand ourselves.
Vichara means inquiry. In the same way that scientists question and hypothesize, serious students of any discipline ask questions to increase their knowledge and clarify their doubts. The teacher’s job is to remove the veil of ignorance, thereby bringing clarity and knowledge.
Throughout our studies, we have encountered several influential teachers who have helped us deepen our yoga practice, such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Srivatsa Ramaswami, and Manju Jois. We have created this site in order to share what we have learned, in addition to our experience and experiences.
Please consider the following questions: What is yoga? Why are you a yoga student? What questions are you seeking to answer?
We now invite you to explore the topic of yoga, the Self – in other words, YOU.