Saturday, December 21, 2013

What is Yoga?

The  word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one's attention on, to use and apply. it also means union or communion. It is the true union of our will with the will of God. 'It thus means', says Mahadev Desai in his introduction to the Gita according to Gandhi, 'the yoking of all the power of body, mind and soul to God; it means the disciplining of the intellect, the mind, the emotions, the will, which that yoga presupposes; it means a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspect evenly.'
(B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hatha Yoga the most practice style in Surabaya

Most yoga studious in Surabaya practice a mixture of Hatha yoga and variant of Iyengar Yoga, Asthangga, Anusara, and Prana Yoga.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Yoga Style that I know


Yoga Style that I know instead of Hatha yoga.... The Yoga I Learn. 

Anusara (a-nu-sar-a), means "flowing with Grace," "going with the flow," "following your heart."
Founded by John Friend,

All Posture in Anusara Yoga are aim to be "heart-oriented," and are expressed from "inside out." Instead of only trying to control the body and mind from the outside, the poses originate from a deep artistic feeling inside.
Anusara is accepting the world and ourselves as we are, and then responding with love.
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Developed by Pattabhi Jois
Ashtanga Yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices:
Yama [moral codes]
Niyama [self-purification and study]
Asana [posture]
Pranayama [breath control]
Pratyahara [sense control]
Dharana [concentration]
Dhyana [meditation]
Samadhi [contemplation] (Scott 14-17)
Full article about Astangga yoga read here
by Bikram Choudhury
Bikram teaches not only the ideal pose - how one will eventually be able to do it - but also the reality - detailing what problems one will have as he tries to do the pose, what clues will help one make rapid progress, and where one might be tempted to "cheat," thus depriving himself of the benefit of doing the pose properly.
Bikram explains in his inimitable humorous and informative way, how his scientifically designed series of twenty-six poses will enhance mind and body, relax, strengthen, reshape, and heal all of the body in 90 minutes.
Have a complete explanation in this site

by Swami Satchidananda
Sri Swami Satchidananda described Integral Yoga as: "...a flexible combination of specific methods to develop every aspect of the individual: physical, intellectual, and spiritual. It is a scientific system which integrates the various branches of Yoga in order to bring about a complete and harmonious development of the individual."

These forms of Yoga include:

Hatha Yoga

Focuses on the physical aspects through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation.

Raja Yoga

Balance and control of the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga

The path of devotion, by constant love, thought, and service of the Divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of God.

Karma Yoga

The path of action and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.

Jnana Yoga

The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in the Path of Wisdom realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Japa Yoga

Japa means repetition of a mantram - a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration.
By practicing Integral Yoga we develop an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life. Read more


by Alan Finger
The word ISHTA has a two-fold definition. In Sanskrit, it means developing a personal yoga practice that meets your individual needs. ISHTA also stands for the Integrated Science of Hatha (the physical practice of yoga that creates balance), Tantra (the yogic philosophy that recognizes the perfection in all beings), and Ayurveda (the Indian science of healing). Developed by Alan Finger and his father Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger, it is a tradition with roots in teachings by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
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by B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar yoga emphasizes posture and the development of balance and alignment. The Iyengar method of Yoga is initially learnt through the in-depth study of asanas (posture) and pranayama (breath control).


In practice Iyengar yoga focuses particularly on three aspects. Correct body alignment allows the body to develop harmoniously in an anatomically correct way so that the student suffers no injury or pain when practising correctly. As all bodies are different and people have different weaknesses and strengths. Mr Iyengar has also developed the use of props to help the body into the correct positions required. Props are objects like wooden blocks, chairs, blankets and belts that help one adjust or support oneself in the different postures so that one can work in a range of motion that is safe and effective.


Pranayama is started once a firm foundation in asana has been established as physically the student requires the alignment, flexibility, lung capacity and training necessary to sit and breathe correctly while practicing. Pranayama gives numerous physical benefits including toning the circulatory, digestive, nervous and respiratory systems, activating the internal organs and creating a feeling of energy and calmness. Equally importantly it also brings the mind and senses under control and make the individual fit for the experience of meditation.
For more information about Iyengar Yoga, visit:
Sharon Gannon and David Life
Jivamukti, a Sanskrit word meaning "liberation while living,"
A Jivamukti Yoga class is a vigorous physical and spiritual practice that pushes beyond the limitations often imposed by the mind and incorporates chanting, asanas, music, meditation, and devotional practices. The five elements that form the foundation of each class are: scripture, bhakti (devotion to God), ahimsa (nonviolence and compassion), nada yoga (deep listening), and meditation (connection with the unchanging reality within).
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by. Swami Kripalvananda
Kripalu Yoga puts a great emphasis on the mechanics of Yoga - proper breath and alignment - as well as in the inner, spiritual dimensions of Yogic practice.
This paradigm is designed to provide tools that help individuals access their inner wisdom and find support for their ongoing process of growth and spiritual development. Kripalu honors all traditional and contemporary spiritual teachings that support the individual's direct experience of Spirit.
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by Yogi Bhajan
This style of Yoga pays particular attention to breathwork, which aims to get energy moving quickly, but it also involves classic poses, coordination of breath and movement, and meditation.
Kundalini yoga is based on kriyas, or specially formulated sets of exercises. This allows you to target specific benefits and work on exactly those aspects of yourself that need work at the current time. Any amount of time spent practicing - whether three minutes or an hour a day - produces significant benefits, and in turn, motivate individuals to dedicate more time to its practice.
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Baron Baptiste
Power Yoga combines the ancient "eight limbs" of Yogic wisdom revfealing a systematic set of proven age-old principles, physical practices, attitudes, and perspectives. Power Yoga uncovers the root causes of stress and provides the means to conquer it, demonstrates the value of exercise and attitude, and harnesses the power of discipline and inner balance. It is a muscle-shaping, mind-sculpting workout that crosses all borders and appeals to any person who has the desire for true and permanent changes in his or her body and life. The most well-know proponent and teacher of Power Yoga is Baron Baptiste.
For more information about Power Yoga, visit:

Judith Lassater is perhaps the most well-known proponent
A Simple Supported Backbend
This is a gentle, therapeutic style of Yoga that uses props to support the body to deepen the benefits of the poses. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation.

Swami Sivananda & Swami Vishnu-Devanand
Yoga follows a set structure that includes breathing, classic asanas, relaxation, as well as principles of diet and positive thinking. of the first, and continues to be one of the best, introductions to Yoga available.
To learn more about Sivananda Yoga visit

Monday, May 21, 2007

Practice yoga in Surabaya

Yoga in Surabaya
Place to Practice yoga in Surabaya
  1. Primalaras - inside the Graha Residen Serviced Apartment, Jalan Darmo Harapan 
  2. Java Yoga - Jalan Bukit Darmo Boulevard
  3. One Yoga -  Jalan HR. Mohammad
  4. Graha Family Club House - Graha Family
  5. Chakra Yoga Studio - Jalan Jambangan Ketintang
  6. Sari Yoga Studio - Bukit Mas
  7. Primadona Gymnastic Studio - Jayanata Building, Jalan Mawar
  8. Atlas Surabaya - Jalan Dharmahusada
  9. Flamboyant - Jalan Dharmahusada
  10. Dhanesvara yoga lounge- Dhanesvara homestay, Jalan Jemursari Timur