Yoga Therapy: Nyaya Yoga: Think Like a 21st Century Yogi
"The true Self is the mind behind the mind, the eye behind the eye, the speech behind speech, and the prana behind prana." ~ Upanishads
Nyaya Yoga is a dialogue of science and spirituality that will help you learn to think behind the thoughts. It’s Yoga Therapy for the mind. No mat required.
Self-inquiry is not a matter of using ordinary thinking, logic or strategy. It is not about silencing our thoughts. It does not depend on some kind of esoteric intuition.
The deepest level of self-inquiry is finding the thinker behind the thoughts. Deep self-inquiry is the most fundamental form of knowledge that we have. It is not led astray by all the glitter of the senses and fluctuations of the mind. It ushers us into right action beyond everyday conditioning, engaging us to see that spirituality is right there in front of us in the everyday details.
In Vedic philosophy, the Law of Karma and the cycle of rebirth are the engines that drive the mind. Karma is the principle behind all of our actions, choices, suffering and joy. Karmas are produced by the strongly entrenched conditioned inclinations, habits and tendencies of the mind (Samskaras) that ultimately direct the course of our lives.
In Nyaya Yoga, we use the ancient Vedic science of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) to reveal your karmic blueprint. A kind of personality profile, this blueprint is the most valuable tool you can have to evolve and move gracefully into what the future holds for you. Although it is usually not taught in the west, Jyotish has been employed by Yogis for thousands of years in India to skillfully be with our current reality – that is, to be with our patterns of karma unfolding.
Modern neuroscience also recognizes that the brain has predetermined physiological processes that drive our personalities, making our thoughts and actions play out in predictable and often recurring ways. Neural network simulations demonstrate that our brains are wired to generate self-reinforcing patterns of activity, like being caught in a loop. The more we think or act in a certain way, the more likely we are to continue those habits in the future. What Yogis called Samskaras, computational neuroscientists call attractor dynamics; this topic is covered in an earlier blog below.
Nyaya Yoga trainings offer a unique way of viewing mind, consciousness and behavior through complimentary filters – Neuroscience, Hatha Yoga, Ayurvedic Psychology and Jyotish. Such a systematic approach to Yogic science has had little exposure in the west due to the misconception that Eastern philosophy should only be approached from the heart. While there has been immense innovation and diligent commitment to the physical (Hatha) and heart-centered (Bhakti) aspects of Yoga in the west, the mind has not received enough attention.
With Nyaya Yoga – a union of ancient wisdom and modern science – we dive into Yogic mental training (Jnana). Clarity in thought will move us towards spiritual evolution and true emotional freedom.
We hope to see you at our Austin training weekend, March 22-24!