What exactly is ‘yoga’? As it turns out, we can safely rule out flexing in a brightly coloured leotard, in front of a wall-to-wall mirror. An authoritative (and ancient) source defines yoga as: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodhah.”
That is the original Sanskrit version, taken from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (approx. 2 – 5 BC). Translated into plain English, it reads something like: “The removal of the fluctuations of the mind”.
‘The removal of the fluctuations of the mind’… in other words, ‘thoughtless awareness’, or ‘mental silence’ – the unique meditative state which can be experienced and learnt freely at Sahaja Yoga classes worldwide. True yoga is no longer the exclusive right of the privileged, lone disciple on a remote mountaintop. Thanks to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the creator of Sahaja Yoga, it is meant for everyone in the world, right now.