What is Aroga ?

Aroga is all yogic knowledge to achieve a healthy state of being.

Philosophers have long argued that a state of health is an absence of illness. Aroga, which has it roots in Sanskrit, meaning without illness, can be thus interchangeably used for the word 'Svaastha' or Health and all Yogic knowledge to achieve svaastha is Aroga. 

As a sculptor carefully gets rid of the unwanted excesses to leave a beautifully sculpted figure in the end, we tend to find our 'mool' or 'roots' by shunning our five excesses in kaam - desires, krodh - anger, lobh - greed, moh - attachment and ahankaar - ego.  With that, is unraveled our deep source of energy, balance and inner peace.

The Aroga School

Our school is the amalgam of the lineage of knowledge from the Vedic period, Patanjali's Yoga sutras and the evolution of Gorakh Nath's Hatha Yoga, a school that stresses mastery of body, to the message of Oneness of Guru Nanak and Yoga as a practice to be earned through 'Jap' and 'Tap'. We connect those dots. In each of us resides a student and a teacher and it is with this trust, that we invite you to connect with us, share with us, and learn from and teach us at the same time. 

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Asana  originally meant a sitting position. In the practice of Yoga it denoted the art of sitting still but later was applied to any posture useful for restoring and maintaining a practitioner’s well-being and improving the body’s flexibility and vitality, cultivating the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods. Such asanas are known in English as “yoga postures” or “yoga positions”. Any way that we may sit or stand is an asana while a posture used in yoga is called a yogasana.

All Asanas denote physical (sargun) and spiritual (nirgun) characteristics & benefits. Valuing the cause of both helps keep a balance in our daily practice and our everyday life. 


Pranayama

is a Yogic science of breathing. Prana has been described as the life-force in the air we breathe.

‘Prana’is not breath itself but something to do with the way we breathe and what happens to the air that we take in. ‘Ayama’ means to regulate or to extend. The art and science of Pranayama is therefore not about breathing more air, but about learning to breathe less air over a longer space of time. This involves learning how to make the air reach parts of the lungs and parts of the body that are often not reached in everyday life. In Yoga and life, breathing may be guided or regulated due to Physical (spine, diaphragm), Neurological (autonomic nervous system), Mental (concentration), Emotional (feelings of love, peace and happiness), Cardiovascular (heart-rate, blood pressure) and Physiological (hypoventilation and hyperventilation) reasons.

The ultimate state of Pranayama (yogic breath-regulation) and meditation is a state where breathing is reduced as much as possible without force. However, this is a process that can for most people take a life-time. At Aroga, we place equal importance on the application of Pranayama as with the Asanas. Our inherent belief is that Pranayama together with Asana brings us in a state of inner balance.

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