All of the philosophies of yoga, from the ancient Yoga Sutras and Vedas, to contemporary study, try to explain the experience of the practice of yoga as a means of awakening our natural intelligence. When we awaken our natural intelligence we are given insight into the meaning of life and consciousness, our ethical standards, happiness, suffering, illusion and reality.
There are no short cuts to having insight into the meaning of the experience of life. The only way to truly understand reality is through direct experience. For this reason, Hayley will encourage you to study this philosophy within the context of your own experience. She recommends “going to the source” and reading original texts whenever possible, as well as asking questions and examining why we believe what we believe. Studying yogic philosophies in context of other views such as Taoism, Buddhism, Western philosophy and contemporary life can be helpful in assimilating a truly real understanding of our living philosophical subtleties.
By studying a variety of philosophies it becomes clear that there are endless variances of interpretation and perspectives. Differences in life circumstance, words or axioms used to describe the experience and understanding the seeds or these differences, make variances natural and quite healthy in an open-minded study of philosophy.
It is through the study of an assortment of philosophies that it becomes possible to have an accurate and direct experience of yoga rather than becoming trapped or stuck in one’s own belief system.