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What many in the West think of as yoga is ''hatha yoga'', which is a system of physical practices that allows the control of breath and bodily functions. This form of yoga is only one of many yogas taught in the East.   
 
What many in the West think of as yoga is ''hatha yoga'', which is a system of physical practices that allows the control of breath and bodily functions. This form of yoga is only one of many yogas taught in the East.   
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When practiced as an end in itself, hatha yoga can actually be a distraction from the path of God-realization, or union with God. But the ascended master [[Chananda]], chief of the Indian Council, recommends hatha yoga as “an appropriate sequence of the exercise of the physical body for the interaction with the spiritual bodies and the chakras....  
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When practiced as an end in itself, hatha yoga can actually be a distraction from the path of God-realization, or union with God. But the ascended master [[Chananda]], chief of the Indian Council, recommends hatha yoga as  
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<blockquote>... an appropriate sequence of the exercise of the physical body for the interaction with the spiritual bodies and the chakras....</blockquote>
    
<blockquote>It is not a physical exercise for the exercise of the physical body. It is divine movement for the release of light that is even locked in your physical cells and atoms, in your very physical heart. Releasing that light transmutes toxins, fatigue and opposition to your victory. And therefore, not endless hours but a period of meditation and concentration combined with these yoga postures daily will reap much good. It will give you a surcease from the stress of bearing the burden of world karma and the burden of that certain type of chaotic energy which is uniquely Western in its vibration, emanating from the mass consciousness of uncontrolled feeling bodies and the wanton and reckless misuse of the mental body.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>It is not a physical exercise for the exercise of the physical body. It is divine movement for the release of light that is even locked in your physical cells and atoms, in your very physical heart. Releasing that light transmutes toxins, fatigue and opposition to your victory. And therefore, not endless hours but a period of meditation and concentration combined with these yoga postures daily will reap much good. It will give you a surcease from the stress of bearing the burden of world karma and the burden of that certain type of chaotic energy which is uniquely Western in its vibration, emanating from the mass consciousness of uncontrolled feeling bodies and the wanton and reckless misuse of the mental body.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>This path is something that you can take up and yet not be deterred from your regular activity of service. We desire to see one-pointedness and discipline rise from the base of the physical pyramid and ascend to the crown. Many of you have pursued the discipline from spiritual levels, drawing forth the light of the Mighty I AM Presence down into the heart and into the lower vehicles. And this is as it should be, as the path of the Father is the descending light and the path of the Mother is the ascending light. Thus, we build from that foundation.<ref>Chananda, December 29, 1979.</ref></blockquote>
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<blockquote>This path is something that you can take up and yet not be deterred from your regular activity of service. We desire to see one-pointedness and discipline rise from the [[Base-of-the-spine chakra|base of the physical pyramid]] and ascend to the [[crown chakra|crown]]. Many of you have pursued the discipline from spiritual levels, drawing forth the light of the mighty [[I AM Presence]] down into the heart and into the lower vehicles. And this is as it should be, as the path of the Father is the descending light and the path of the Mother is the ascending light. Thus, we build from that foundation.<ref>Chananda, December 29, 1979.</ref></blockquote>
    
== Mantra yoga ==
 
== Mantra yoga ==

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