Vedic yoga is the oldest known yoga system to humanity. Preserved in an oral tradition for unknown millennia, eventually the Vedas were recorded in written form. They are considered older than the written record that has carefully preserved their knowledge. Portions of the Vedas can be dated back to 6500 BCE. Though traditions in India consider them to be older. The Vedas are considered to be the mother of all yoga systems, as numerous yoga systems how reference in these ancient teachings.
Vedic Yoga works to purify the mind and body, establish and strengthen divine levels of consciousness within the body and astral body, address karmas, and prepare for self-realization of our true nature.
Vedic yoga and its teachings are steeped in and serves as the foundation for many yoga traditions such as Kundalini, Bhakti, Raja, Hatha, Karma and Jnana yoga, as well as others.
Vedic yoga focuses on breathing exercises, multiple levels of mantra that include more advanced way to chant and into to expand into very advanced and complex levels of chanting, advanced meditation exercises as well as homas, pujas and yajnas.
Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology can support the practice of Vedic Yoga. Ayurveda is an ancient system of health and wellness. It is considered an Upaveda (secondary or supplementary Vedas.) Vedic Astrology is considered a Vedanga limb of the Vedas. The goal of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish) is a system of understanding one's karma and working to modify karmas when possible.
Regrettably there are few teachers of this ancient yoga tradition in the West. The Sanskrit is archaic, difficult to understand and steeped in symbolism. Yogi Baba Prem is one of only a handful of authentic teachers of the Vedic yoga tradition in the West.
Vedic Yoga has been preserved though Brahmins and the temples of India.
Vedic meditation is the oldest meditation system known to humanity. This yoga originated from and was carefully preserved within the Vedas. Dating the antiquity of the Vedas is difficult as it was an oral tradition for a considerable period of time. There are portions of the Vedas dating back to 6500 BCE. (Though tradition holds it to be considerably older.)
What is Vedic Meditation? And, What is Vedic Yoga?
Vedic meditation and Vedic Yoga are intimately related, as Vedic meditation is a practice within Vedic Yoga. Both focus on breathing exercises, multiple levels of mantra that range from beginner levels to very advanced and complex levels of chanting, advanced meditation exercises as well as homas/havans, pujas and yajnas. Vedic Meditation, just has with Vedic Yoga, is focused on Devas, which is commonly translated as Gods/Goddesses. This is a complex field for many outside of India; one should not that Deva actually refers to a point of light.
Vedic meditation, like Vedic Yoga, works to purify the mind and body, establish and strengthen divine levels of consciousness within the body and astral body, address karmas, and prepare for self-realization of our true nature.
Regrettably there are few teachers of this ancient yoga tradition in the West. Yogi Baba Prem is one of only a handful of authentic integral Vedic Yoga teachers in the West.
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