The Sanskrit word Jaya translates into both “victory” and “self-mastery.” Self mastery is the ability to harness and control your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The practice of yoga inherently creates both a path of self-mastery and a feeling of victory. The attainment of self-mastery can be used to produce right action (dharma) and desired personal changes at will. When a level of mastery has been accomplished through yoga there is a sense of victory over the obstacles and challenges that were overcome, and this feeling of victory further encourages us to attain mastery of our whole being.
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Timothy Burgin is a Kripalu & Pranakriya trained yoga instructor living and teaching in Asheville, NC. Timothy has completed his 500 hour Advanced Pranakriya Yoga training and currently serves as the Executive Director of YogaBasics.com.
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To get the most out of our site, we suggest you take some time to explore before jumping into the practice. Browse our yoga 101 section for general info on the history and types of yoga, then start exploring asanas the physical postures used in hatha yoga. Remember to breathe and always start your yoga practice with a brief meditation. If you are new to yoga, please read our Yoga for Beginner's page
I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well being. Cultivating a close warm hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
- Dalai Lama