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Yoga Basics News  •  No.165  •  November 24, 2014  



Yoga Class

Our new book: Yoga Class guides you through eight lessons to learn 30 of the most commonly used poses while incorporating yogic philosophy and principles of alignment.

Yoga Retreats

Our Yoga for Beginners book takes you through the basics of practicing yoga and then teaches you the poses in the context of a yoga practice sequence.

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From the Founder

Enstasy is an inward state of pure absorption with the Universal Self (atman). Enstasy literally means “standing-within-oneself.” Ecstasy, “standing-outside-oneself,” is an outward and expansive state of union with the Ultimate Reality (brahman). Although enstasy and ecstasy are considered opposites, they both are valid pathways to transcending and dissolving the barriers created by the sense of self (ahamkara) and ego.

So the question then is, “do you want to go in, or out?”

The more conscious you can become of your intention of pursuing enstasy or ecstasy in your yoga practice, the more skillful you can become to create inner depth or outward expansion. For example, if you want to create more enstasy in hatha yoga, practice with your eyes closed and focus more on your breath and internal energy sensations. If you wish for a more ecstatic hatha yoga experience, practice with your eyes open, dedicate your practice to something greater than yourself, and/or focus on dissolving the boundary between your physical body and the outside world.

  

Timothy Burgin
Founder & Executive Director
YogaBasics.com

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