What is Esoteric Yoga? The word esoteric simply means inner most. The purpose of esoteric yoga is to align the mind with the body. When the mind and the body are doing the same thing, this is referred to as conscious presence. The union of mind and body is an ancient practice, most likely the first impulse and purpose of ‘yoga’ as taught by Pantanjali. In Sanskrit, the word yoga means union.
When you hear the word ‘yoga’ you may automatically think of the physical postures that are prominent in modern day yoga practices. It doesn’t matter which style of yoga as they all focus on physical postures. ‘Doing yoga’ has become a sport, with a competitive risk of seeing who can achieve the most extreme position.
However, in esoteric yoga the focus is on keeping the mind present with what the body is doing, creating a union within. This is why I often refer to it as the Yoga of Body Awareness.
In the practice of esoteric yoga, the movements are very simple because it doesn’t matter what the body is doing, the challenge (and joy) is in keeping the mind and the body aligned. In a session, you may experience profound stillness within, which creates an expansion that allows the release of tension and contraction in the body,