Introduction to Bihar Yoga Wiki
The purpose of the Bihar Yoga Wiki
On the occasion of the Munger Yoga Symposium conducted at Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth from 25th to 28th October 2018, the Bihar Yoga Wiki has been launched. Heralding Bihar School of Yoga’s second chapter of yoga, Symposium has been a unique and significant occasion to deepen the inner connection with yoga vidya (essential and living knowledge of yoga) in its purity and integrity. This work is our humble contribution to the second chapter of yoga.
BiharYogaWiki, an online encyclopaedia of the Bihar Yoga / Satyananda Yoga system, is presented here with an aim to make the yogic teachings available in English to all in an accessible and easily understood way.
Necessity of yoga teacher & personal experience
Yoga is experiential science. Reading about yoga can help one to understand concepts better, but yoga cannot be learned nor mastered from books or videos. Rooted in ancient, all-encompassing and sound philosophies that in practice translate themselves into yoga psychology and yoga psychophysiology, yoga covers full range of human existence. Yet, positive and lasting transformation of an individual with the help of yoga happens only through systematic personal practice and experience. The intention of Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda was to deepen human experience through yoga. The whole purpose is to commit oneself to learning and experiencing the aspirations and aims of yoga, as they have been outlined in classical texts of various yoga branches. The aim is to live, apply and become the knowledge that yoga offers. Then only, all dimensions of human personality are positively affected. This brings lasting positive transformation in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
Therefore, since the basis of positive change in an individual through yoga is personal experience, one needs to have a competent teacher who has himself underwent through the same process. When one embarks on the journey through unknown territory, the help of experienced guide who has traversed the path already, is essential. The teacher, or guru, knows what learning has to be undertaken and when, what understanding needs to be derived, what the most appropriate system of learning should be, the process and the focus at each stage of the journey. This principle is applicable on all levels of yoga learning, from the simplest practices of asanas to the most advanced subjects of yoga. In order to learn yoga properly and progress steadily on one’s path, the guidance of yoga teacher is necessary.
In classical yogic traditions, the sequence of learning is decided by the group of experts, or masters, who have reached the apex of their experience and continue to contribute to the development of knowledge. When an individual connects with learning and understanding of this knowledge, they become part of that tradition, or parampara. Those who become part of the tradition remain connected with the teaching and the essence of the knowledge, the vidya. The tradition, the parampara, provides continuous and balanced development of an individual, as well as expansion and appreciation of what is received through the timeless vidya of yoga.