The Himalayan School of Traditional Yoga (HSTY) is dedicated to propagating traditional yoga, i.e. the essence of yoga as per the original teachings codified in the scriptures by Maharishi Patanjali. HSTY’s mission is to promote a culture of yoga and make it accessible to all of mankind, beyond boundaries of country, religion, gender, class and wealth.
At its core, traditional yoga is all about simplicity and about being natural. A yogi is natural, i.e. lives in a state in which the body, mind and soul are in unison. This leads to health and equanimity, a state where one is happy and without anxieties, anger or stress. When practicing yoga, a sincere yoga practitioner gets fully in tune with his/her body and its subtle processes, thus quieting the mind.
In HSTY we do not look at yoga as exercise, but rather as a set of practices that help take one back to his/her original state. We look at yoga as a means to increase the awareness of one’s body and align the system to allow the expansion of consciousness.
HSTY’s yoga lessons are presented in the original form as it existed eons ago, with no change in form or presentation. Many of the contemporary Yoga schools pay more attention to the element of fitness, or the physical aspect, thus making Yoga practice suited to the specific interests of groups. Further, the ancient practices have been modified to support these specific interests thus reducing the holistic efficacy of yoga geared towards the body, mind and soul. The focus of these practices is on activity rather than awareness; seeking out rather than seeking within.
In such a scenario, HSTY remains loyal to the original teachings marked by the simplicity and depth of practice. Hence, Traditional Yoga is easy for people to adopt into their daily lives and benefit from the practice. Systematic practice of Traditional Yoga helps people break free from complexities of life and obtain relief from physical, mental or psychosomatic illnesses. Furthermore, healthy and happy people can contribute significantly to the upliftment of society.
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