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    The meaning of 'Svaroopa': The word 'svaroopa' is from the Sanskrit language. It refers to a specific state of consciousness that develops through quieting the mind. This state is described in the ancient yogic texts as bliss and is our true nature.The following statement from yogic philosophy is the basis of this teaching.  

Sva = Self, referring to the truth of your purest self within
Roopa = form
Svaroopa = true self that dwells within/the timeless essence that is the foundation of your own being.


Patanjali's yoga sutra 1.2 
"Yoga is the stilling of the modifications of the mind."

This sutra tells us that yoga is a process through which we can discover the experience of a quiet mind.  This is the definition of yoga.  All practices, including asana (yoga poses) are for the purpose of achieving this state.

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 1.3   
"In the moment that your mind becomes quiet, you abide in the bliss of your own being."  

The essence of this teaching is that the experience of quiet mind ushers in an expanded sense of Self that is blissful in nature.  There are many stages and degrees of this experience. One stage is the deep relaxed state during shavasana.  This is the sutra from which Svaroopa® yoga got its name.

Shiva Sutras 1.1.  Chaitanyamatma. 

 "Your own self is consciousness itself."

The essence of this teaching is that: at the core of your being is consciousness – a vast, primordial essence that is the foundation of everything and everyone.


Shiva Sutras 1.5  Udyamo Bhairavah. 
"The state of highest consciousness – which is ever present – arises from within and fills the Self with joy, peace, bliss and knowledge."

The essence of this teaching is that through the practices of yoga, one experiences a spontaneous inner opening that lifts the yogi away from identification w/ ego and infuses him/her with the knowledge of divine nature.  This is achieved by removing the obstacles to this knowledge. The obstacles are the mind’s restless wanderings and desires. 



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