Shoulder opening sequence
Many yoga students see Patanjali as the father of yoga - but Patanjali was a sage who put together the yoga sutras and based on various yoga ideas that had previously existed, such as the ashtanga or the eight-limbed path. It is more useful to consider Patanjali and his teachings as a gateway to older, older teachings.
The ancient texts tell us that the original founder of Yoga Dharshana (yoga vision or philosophy) was Hiranyagarbha, which in Sanskrit means the golden embryo. This is most important in the Bhagavad Geeta, the main text of the Mahabharata.
According to some statements, Hiranyagarbha's main disciple is the sage Vasishta, who is responsible for the yoga Vasishta. He is considered one of the greatest writings written about yoga philosophy.
Yoga Vasishta incorporates ideas from Yoga philosophy, Samkhya philosophy, Jain philosophy, Buddhism and Vedanta. The text is a discrepancy between Vasishta and Rama and is said to have been written before the Ramayana. It is also said that it is one of the most important scriptures related to yoga.
There is a specific belief that simply by reciting the verses of Yoga Vasishta, one can attain spiritual enlightenment.
The dialogue of the book is Rama as a spiritual seeker on the path to enlightenment, who speaks to the great, enlightened sage Vasishta. When you read the conversation, you also read the direct path to the truth.
A very important concept - Vairagya in Sanskrit - or evaluation is used as a starting point for the explanation of philosophy.
The Yoga Vasishta describes seven levels of enlightenment. The first is Subheccha or the yearning for the truth. The second is Vicarana or right request. The third is Tanumanasa or slowing of mental activities. The fourth is Sattvapatti or the achievement of the truth. The fifth is Asamsakti, where the yogi fulfills his duties or dharmas without feeling tied to or expecting anything from them. The sixth is Padartha Abhavana, where the yogi sees Brahman and Unity everywhere. Finally, the yogi achieves Turiya or permanent samadhi or enlightenment
Coming back to the yoga compiler, some say that the ancient texts - the Vedas, the Upanishads and so on - call Hiranyagarbha God Himself.
In the Rigveda, Hiranyagarbha is described as the god of the gods and mentions that there is no one to accept him. Ancient scriptures also call him Brahman or the soul of the universe.