The Study of Yoga
The Foundation promotes the study of yoga based on the work of Shri Yogendraji. His son Vijayadev Yogendra has adapted this for modern and Western needs. The classic tradition, passed on directly from teacher to student, dates back several thousand years.
"Here am I, my limitations, my shortcomings; I can now start from today evolving myself and I know that in 10 years time if I follow this course of action I will be better, happier and more peaceful. I will find those hidden recesses of my mind where thoughts loom, where thinking begins. And there I can change my thinking, my whole thought process and therefore I can emerge better in every way."
Our aspiration of seeking to overcome our limitations, to find peace and happiness, and to develop a greater capacity to serve and love our fellow humans has been the inspiration for us to take up the practice and study of yoga.
Yoga has the capacity to help people over come the obstacles they face in personal development. The tradition of Yoga was developed in India over many hundreds of years. Shri Yogendra was a yogi who, early last century, scientifically researched and evaluated the therapeutic benefits of traditional Yoga techniques in India.
His son Vijayadev had over 35 years experience of teaching and understanding the needs and capacities of the modern student. After coming to Australia, he modified the classical techniques to make them accessible and suitable for practice by people living in today's demanding times.
We have published books by authorities on classical Yoga. These include:
- Life Problems by Shri Yogendra
- Yoga Explained by Vijayadev Yogendra
- Flame of Knowledge by G.N. Shirke
- Glimpses from the Life of Shri Yogendra by Vijayadev Yogendra
Articles from the Foundation's journals and seminars are published on this website (see Yoga Resources). We also regularly run Yogendra System classes at the Centre for Healthy Living in Warwick.
The practice of classical Yoga involves:
- Breathing routines
- Physical exercises
- Relaxation techniques
- Practices to quieten and concentrate the mind
- Approaches to personal development
Benefits of Yoga
- Improved immune function
- Improved concentration
- Greater emotional and mental control
- An ability to make decisions with less personal wear and tear
- A sense of inner confidence
- An overall feeling of physical and emotional well-being
- Improved sleep