Yoga in Sri Lanka
Yoga is a family of ancient Hindu spiritual practices that originated in India, introduced to Sri Lanka centuries ago Yoga in Sri Lanka remains a vibrant living tradition and is seen as a means to enlightenment. Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga are considered the four main yogas, but there are many other types. In other parts of the world where yoga is popular, notably the West, Yoga has become associated with the asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga, which are popular as fitness exercises.
We offer Yoga lessons and classes in various locations in Sri Lanka. All conducted by experienced, well-known Yoga teachers.
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For the average person still far from enlightenment, Yoga can be a way of increasing one's spiritual awareness, or cultivating compassion and insight.
While the history of Yoga strongly connects it with Hinduism, proponents claim that Yoga is not a religion itself, but contains practical steps which can benefit people of all religions, as well as those who do not consider themselves religious.
The first full description of the principles and goals of yoga are found in the Upanisads, thought to have been composed between the eighth and fourth centuries BC. The Upanisads are also called Vedanta since they constitute the end or conclusion of the Vedas (the traditional body of spiritual wisdom). In the Upanisads, the older practices of offering sacrifices and ceremonies to appease external gods gives way instead to a new understanding that man can, by means of an inner sacrifice, become one with the Supreme Being (referred to as Brāhman or Māhātman) -- through moral culture, restraint and training of the mind.
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