Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are only different on the outside.
Yoga comes from the root word yuj which means unite. Yoga is that which unites the individual personality with its greater being—the being you, me, and all of us share. In other words, yoga breaks down walls. This is also exactly what meditation does. In fact, meditation itself is one type of yoga. Mindfulness is a kind of yoga as well. By becoming mindful, the mind becomes less distracted and eventually still. Its boundaries start dissolving.
Different beginnings, same ending.
In the beginning stages, yoga appeals to certain people, meditation appeals to others, and mindfulness to yet others. Eventually, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness converge. One sees that progression in yoga also requires being meditative and mindful, and that meditation and mindfulness can be influenced by the positioning of the body. All three go hand in hand. They become the way you live life.
What approach does the course take?
We start by engaging and opening up the mind, instead of ignoring it or fighting it. Our minds have been conditioned over the years to hold beliefs that limit how we experience ourselves and the world. These beliefs are usually pushed aside in meditation. The problem is that once meditation is over, the beliefs can come back, clouding our experience again.
In this course, we begin by looking directly at the prevailing beliefs about who we are and what we're made of, and how those beliefs developed in our society. We then systematically deconstruct those beliefs. That means that our vision and understanding can remain clear even after meditation. Meditation goes from a practice to a way of living.
As the mind opens up, we explore its new perspective with guided, advanced meditations. The meditations are about an hour long, sometimes more. There are three meditations, one for each layer of the human being—physical, mental, and energetic. The meditations guide you into experiencing your own bodies in a subtler, more expansive way.
"This course has changed the way I see my life. Thank you!" -P.B.
"Had to share my thoughts about the course. I did Lesson 7 yesterday—only the lesson and not yet the meditation—and I was blown away!" -S.H.
As a child, Anoop was surrounded by the ancient Indian teachings of Advaita Vedanta (philosophy of non-duality). He began to see that life could be lived from two perspectives—as a character in a story, and as something ineffable, beyond all stories. He experimented with this and discovered realms of experience that are not found in the textbooks we study. After going to medical school and training in emergency medicine, Anoop found that a deeper understanding of healing and human nature needed to be brought to light. He began writing and speaking on the topic of self-awareness and consciousness, focusing on how these can transform our experience of daily living. Anoop has collaborated with leading personalities in sharing this with audiences worldwide.