Yoga Philosophy | The Philosophy Practice of Yoga with James Traverse

Yoga Philosophy Practice and Fundamental Principles of Yoga with James Traverse

Yoga Philosophy Practice and Fundamental Principles of Yoga with James Traverse


Practical Ways that the Yoga Philosophy of Hatha Practice Benefits Your Spirit Mind and Body

Hatha Yoga exercise practice and Yoga Philosophy have stood the test of time as they have been explored for some 5000 or more years. Hatha Yoga exercise stimulates health and overall well-being by stretching your physical ability and mental ability to maintain a tranquil mind as the practice challenges you stretch and yet avoid straining. This allows you to see clearly and thus discover the asana, or pose, that is currently just right for you. Yogic stretching always includes breath awareness as breathing is considered to be the link between the body and the mind.

Yoga Philosophy is practiced via Hatha Yoga exercise, which is a treelike structure that incorporates moral and ethical guidelines as the limbs of the Yamas and Niyama, stretching exercises as the limb of Asanas, awareness of breath flow and blood flow as the limb of Pranayama, the switching of attention from objects of perception to the perceiving itself as the limb of Pratyahara, and Samyana as the three limbs of Dharana-Concentration, Dhyana-Meditation and Samadhi-Absorption.

Padmasanaa - Lotus Pose - Foundation of Yoga Philosophy and Practice

Padmaasana – foundation pose of yoga Philosophy

Yoga Basics

One very familiar yoga position associated with Yoga Philosophy is the Lotus Pose as it symbolizes the flowering of understanding that like the lotus begins in muddy waters. The aim of yoga is the same as any other spiritually based practice; it is to realize the union, or interconnectedness, of all things. In a certain way hatha yoga is best described as an uncluttered way of clear seeing that is the case when the mind is silent yet alert. This is described by the founders of yoga as the distinction between seeing with the mind, which means that seeing is filtered through past knowledge, and, seeing through the mind, which is the quality of seeing that is when you are astonished, or when the mind is innocent as in infancy. The physical, psychological, emotional and all the other widespread benefits of hatha yoga practice and yoga philosophy are a byproduct of the understanding that flowers via seeing clearly. In turn these benefits deepen with practice as your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced. And concentration and focused attention enhance your ability to understand the meditative mind and thereby realize sustained inner peace.

The many yoga approaches of the philosophy of yoga are all interrelated as each involves an understanding of the true nature of being beyond the physical body. In a very practical way this is why hatha yoga promotes the health of the body as the underlying intention is to optimize physical health such that deeper practices of yoga philosophy can be explored. That deeper practice begins as the art of relaxing the focus of the sense doors on the objects of perception and attending to perceiving itself. It is at this point of attending to perceiving itself that there is a switchover from yoga as mere physical exercise to the deeper practices of concentration and meditation. These latter practices are beneficial in themselves as already stated and they reveal that breathing is the direct connection of your spirit, mind and body such that you experientiially understand how the root meaning of the word spirit, which is to breathe, is true. In this light it is clear that breathing is simultaneously the most basic and most advanced yoga practice.

If you suffer from any ailment or physical discomfort, hatha yoga practice and the philosophy behind it is highly recommended because it provides the benefits of physical health and well-being as a solid foundation, like the roots of a tree, which then allows you to explore the other approaches of yoga. Some of the other approaches are Patanjali Yoga Philosophy, Kundalini Yoga, Asthanga Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Nisarga Yoga, Yoga Nidra Yoga and various others that often take the name of an influential teacher like Iyengar Yoga or Kripalu Yoga – each of these yoga approaches presents yoga philosophy in its particular light.


One way that Yoga Philosophy is revealed by your stance – on the physical level this is explored via standing on your own two feet…


Yoga Philosophy of Nonduality – How to Shift from the Limited Local to the Global View

Waves аt thе surface оf thе ocean
appear tо bе separate frоm еасh оthеr
whеn thе focus іѕ оn thеm, уеt whеn
seeing is allowed tо bе global
іt іѕ clear thаt аll waves are simply thе
expression of a deeper common source –
thе ocean.

In a similar wау
human beings hаvе thе habit оf
superficially seeing thеmѕеlvеѕ as
separate localized and limited as
еасh hаѕ bееn conditioned tо focus оn
thеіr limited bоdу аnd mind

yet whеn thеу relax thаt focus
аnd innocently allow thеmѕеlvеѕ tо
stand аѕ global awareness
then knowing aѕ bеіng, whісh іѕ wіthоut
separation оr limitation, flowers.

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  • I would love to come to a class. What is your timetable please?

  • Are you still teaching in the Halifax area? If so, what is your schedule? If you do not have a regular teaching schedule/yoga studio what else is possible in terms of studying with you?


    • Hi Morgan
      I don’t have a regular schedule these days – I do teach a Yoga Nidra session from time to time at Breathing Space [Oxford and Coburg} – the next one is scheduled for Feb 1/15. You register through their studio. Other that this I mostly do sessions privately and I’m involved with Nonduality Satsangs []
      Namaste’ James

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