The word yoga comes from the root YUJ, which means to join together. It can be said that yoga is the joining together of the individual lower self with the universal higher self, the invisible and indivisible spark of God that resides within every one.
Yoga is not a belief system and not a religion. It is a practical method which allows you to tune into the higher wisdom of your inner self.
By realizing that our waking state of consciousness keeps us focused on the external world, we consciously employ yoga, the science of breath, and other consciousness training tools which are offered here in the Masterclasses by Ilona Selke, to move into the greater states of consciousness that are way beyond the logical mind.
Instead of trapping our attention in the world of opposites, the world only perceivable by the senses, we learn to raise our vibration and calm our mind in order to access the sublime divine states of consciousness that are available to every person.
By slowing down your breath, by slowing down your body movements, you will increasingly get in touch with your inner wisdom, and your intuition.
Typically we think of Yoga as YOGA POSES, called Asanas.
But exercising and stretching the body is just but one aspect of the path of yoga, the path of union of consciousness with the divine.
However, it is important to know that the Asanas, the YOGA POSTURES are only one of the eight limbs that make up the path of yoga.
Breath control is another aspect of the path of yoga, also called PRANAYAMA, which has as its goal to withdraw the mind from the external world and place the attention fully onto the internal world.
In my expanded course called YOGA, BREATH and CHAKRAS, we practice some more techniques of utilizing breath in order to deepen your focus and to access higher states of consciousness.
Mindfulness for example is one of the tools to develop your ability to see beyond the curtain of matter.
The goal of yoga is Samadhi, which is that spiritual state when one's mind is so absorbed in whatever it is contemplating on, that the mind loses the sense of its own identity. The thinker, the thought process and the thought fuse with the subject of thought. There is only
When the essence is bonded into the physical form without the ability to distinguish itself from matter, it finds itself in bondage. The path of yoga and the science of yoga is seeking to rise into the reality beyond that and realize the pure essence of consciousness, which exists as the primary cause of all.
Whatever your world view, you can do yoga for many reasons.
You may seek physical fitness, flexibility, and inner sense of calmness and nothing more. You can practice Yoga just for that purpose.
For others it might be that you intuitively know that there is something operating within yourself that is the driver for all your feelings, thoughts.
You may intuitively feel that the ultimate secret of life can be found in the discovery of what consciousness is.
You may be sensing that consciousness, is the primary source and driver of all that is, and it needs to be discovered ever more.
It is my hope to offer you various tools in this Online Masterclass School by Ilona Selke to discover your true essence and become fully awakened in the seat of your soul.
Yours, Ilona Selke
Ilona Selke is an international bestselling author, seminar leader, lecturer and musician as well as CEO and cofounder of Living from Vision. Over 30+ years, Ilona has inspired thousands of people worldwide to discover the power of their consciousness and create a successful life. She has written four books, produced 25 music and meditation CDs and coauthored two books, one with Brian Tracy and one with Jack Canfield. Her new book “Dream Big: The Universe Is Listening” offers real-life stories of transformation as well as practical tips anyone can use to shapeshift their lives from the inside out. Ilona has a weekly TV program called “Quantum Living,” has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and has been interviewed and quoted in a variety of books and films. She is a well-loved speaker for Hay House Summit in America and Germany as well as for a number of other prominent mind-body-spirit conferences. She is fluent in English, German, French and Indonesian. With her husband, Don Paris, Ph.D., Ilona has supported new research into quantum physics through a tool called the SE-5 1000. The couple also built the Shambala Oceanside Retreat Center in 2007. Ilona has spent more than 1,000 hours in the water with dolphins and written two books about the wisdom she has gained from her time with them. She and her husband divide their time between their home in Ubud, Bali, their retreat center on the north shore of Bali and their geodesic dome house on an island in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. For more information, visit www.IlonaSelke.com and www.LivingFromVision.com.