Jain talk

To most yoga is the union between the body, mind, and spirit. It is a place of discovery and connection to your own body which bestows radiant health, happiness, peace and tranquillity of mind.

Today there are many forms of yoga which have sprung up from what the ancient masters taught. Every style of yoga has a slightly different definition or interpretation. That is why we see so many variations popping up alongside traditional forms like Iyengar and Ashtanga.

Yoga practice is thousands of years old. It is a science of spirituality that leads the individual towards the realization of one's self.

Jain Yog describes Yog in a very simple way, 'Mokshen Yojnat Yogah'. Those actions, paths, or thoughts that unite to attain liberation is Yog. Liberation is a state of eternity. It's the ultimate goal in Jainism. The fundamental quality of liberation is to be free from the bondages (Bandhan) of birth and death.

Khrodha (anger), Mana (ego), Maya (deceit) and Lobha (greed) are called Kashaya or impurities. These cause rigid and real bondages of the soul to the cycle of birth and death. Bhagwaan Mahaveer preached that 'one should know what causes the bondage of the soul, and once we know we should work towards removing it'.

Freedom from bondage through the knowledge of the truth, with the power to distinguish between Shubh (auspicious) and Ashubh (inauspicious) Bhav (thoughts), which gives a deeper understanding of the connection between body and soul is the path of Jain Yog.

'Yogasastra' is a religious and philosophical text of the Jain dharma. Yogasastra is also called Adhyatmopanishad; it is a treatise on the rules of conduct for laypeople and ascetics. In this text 'yoga' means 'Ratnatraya' (three jewels) which are right belief, right knowledge and right conduct.

The interpretation of Jain Yog has remained unchanged over the ages. In the sense of its single-minded aim is to attain Moksha. The entire purpose of Jain Yog is to be able to gain control over the senses allowing the mind and body to remain in a state of stillness paving the path to meditation.

Jain Yog is not about tough or impossible looking body contortions but holding a comfortable pose for an extended period. Jain Yog covers the different perspectives of Yog, a path to achieve the ultimate liberation or 'Moksha'.