Benefits of Esoteric Yoga – Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover

The old saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ is very relevant to Esoteric Yoga, as what lays beneath the surface, inside the simple book cover, is very rich indeed. I liken it to this because the simplicity of the Esoteric Yoga format does not allude to the depth and power of what can be felt in the body in a 1 hour session that is in the most part laying down, being still and creating the space to feel the body.

In fact, it is almost too difficult to fathom how something so simple could be so amazing in what it offers the body, and the being, and how one feels!  

To put this into perspective, in the many years before discovering Esoteric Yoga I had worked with many modalities and fitness regimes and have been regarded as an expert in my fields as a Fitness Professional, Yoga teacher and Acrobatic teacher/performer spanning a 30 year period: I can say without hesitation that everything I have experienced has not come even close to the profoundness and honesty of what Esoteric Yoga offers.

It is truly a modality sent from heaven, allowing me to experience and connect to a most natural rhythm and thus a way of being that is harmonious, healing and feels so yummy in my body. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is the foundation of true vitality.

If I were to summarise my highlights and appreciations of Esoteric Yoga they would read something like this…

  • The level of deep rest and harmony that my body feels after a session and how different my day unfolds as a result of this lovely connection with me is delicious. I can go into a session feeling quite tired, and come out of a session feeling restored and ready for my day.
  • Any tension or anxiousness (especially in the shoulders) dissolves, allowing for more of the spaciousness and yumminess of me.
  • The spaciousness, openness and gentle quality that is felt in my body is achieved without any stretching or contorting. It reminds me that this is most likely how we felt as babies – so open and feeling the preciousness and tenderness that is perfectly natural.
  • There is an absolute honesty that I am shown during each session that allows me to look at the way I am choosing to live. Knowing that my body feels the end result of my choices, it gives me an opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes that I know will directly affect my well-being and how my body feels.

I am in awe of how the body knows exactly how to bring itself back to harmony when I choose to get out of the way and treat my body in a most caring and respectful way… the same way that you would treat and hold a baby.

Esoteric Yoga is a self-healing modality that can be done anytime, anywhere and it epitomises the truth of yoga.

Esoteric Yoga was founded by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine. To learn more about Universal Medicine Therapies visit Universalmedicine.net

by Marika Cominos, Melbourne, Australia

Marika Cominos Marika Cominos is a Yoga & Complementary Therapies Practitioner who has been exploring health and well-being from a very young age.

She presents Esoteric Yoga courses and workshops globally. You can follow Marika at www.playfulcreations.net

Further Reading:
International Day of Yoga – June 21st 2015
Esoteric Yoga: The Yoga of Stillness
Esoteric Yoga – To Do or To BE?

657 thoughts on “Benefits of Esoteric Yoga – Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover

  1. I love what you highlight and deeply appreciate Marika about the simplicity and profoundness of esoteric yoga, it brings us back to connecting to a natural harmony and quality within our body and to an honesty to feel how far we are living from our natural way of being.

  2. Developing a deeply honest relationship with my body and all that it communicates has been paramount in developing an honouring relationship with my essence, who I really am. As with this, I now live with a greater and richer sense of who I am, guided by my connection to what I feel is true, all possible through the connection to and honouring of the wisdom and intelligence of the body.

  3. Esoteric Yoga was one ‘book’ that I did initially judge by its cover so at the beginning was convinced I would not open it and read further. But something was calling me to open it, so I did and 10 years later I can say that it is one of the best ‘books’ I have ever read – and as a result my relationship with my body has blossomed beyond recognition, and so has my life.

  4. It is funny (not) how much difficulty we have with simplicity whereas we love to indulge in complexity. Simplicity is where genius and health lays.

  5. Marika this line really makes me stop and ponder: “I am in awe of how the body knows exactly how to bring itself back to harmony when I choose to get out of the way and treat my body in a most caring and respectful way” It makes me wonder if all the trying and effort we put in to feel great is not actually necessary, what if there is a greater magic to our body that knows how to restore itself, if we do our part and care deeply for it?

  6. Just like we can judge a book by its cover, we tend to judge people or things by what we can recognise from outside by seeing or hearing and often we taint it with preconceptions by comparison and interpretation. With so many things, but especially the Esoteric Yoga we are well advised to not get stuck on the outer form, but to look and feel inside because the real deal is happening within and only visible when we allow ourselves to feel first. And that is key to Esoteric Yoga: building the connection to our innermost through presence and awareness with our body and from within bringing the quality to the movement as an external expression and magnification.

  7. “The level of deep rest and harmony that my body feels after a session” – Marika, this is also one of my noted benefits too with regards Esoteric Yoga, the feeling I get afterwards is as if time has stopped still and I can hear the silence, there is clear thought with perspective and where I feel confidence about myself and also what’s before me. Stilling and profound.

  8. “In fact, it is almost too difficult to fathom how something so simple could be so amazing in what it offers the body, and the being, and how one feels!” – how true Marika.. your joy makes me recall the lengths i went to to avoid Esoteric Yoga for years because this Yoga highlighted the dis-ease i was living with internally and trying to cover it all up through doing, being busy, tiring myself out. Esoteric Yoga puts a spotlight on the quality of your livingness both in reality and also in truth too when you stop fighting the natural quality of stillness within.

  9. When I first participated in Yoga in 2014, my body was that fidgety I didn’t see the purpose of it, it had got used to a rhythm of drive, running etc.

    Since then I did Esoteric Yoga again and this modality not only connects me to me, but I realised how my body is braced and I feel the tensions releasing or I became more aware of the bracing I hold in whichever part of my body. I just love this yoga so much that at times I partake in more than one program at a time – I love the stillness it brings in my body.

  10. It was definitely worth the wait to discover Esoteric Yoga as all else seamed like it never worked for me. Now to listen and feel our body with what it brings to us is amazing and should be a natural program introduced into schools.

  11. It is almost impossible to continue to ignore how our body is truly feeling during an Esoteric Yoga session, and why would we want to?. We are faced with our body’s honesty, without judgement, which then offers us the opportunity to connect and listen to the messages it is giving us. In one hour we can be shown so much about how we have been living and by connecting to the beautiful stillness that ensues we are shown how it is possible to heal all that is waiting to be healed.

  12. I would love to add:
    * How it confirms you from within that you are part of a grandness, the universe, the divine
    * You learn how to choose again to bring a divine quality into your body by very simple movements
    * A gift from heaven it is.

  13. I am intrigued at how people find the time for themselves in a day to do anything, yoga, exercise, anything that is just for them. My life feels so full with the kids, reading blogs, writing on them, walking the dog, my businesses and meals for the family and then all the time in the day is gone, then the week and then the year. I hope one day I find the time to enjoy this modality again.

    1. One of my favourite moments of the day is walking down corridors, for example getting up from my desk to go the toilet and enjoying my walk. Yoga is very much about everyday life and we can be present in any and every moment and movement. What better time to let go than on the loo.

  14. It is through the simplicity and deep awareness of our movements that we know ourselves for the true nature of who we are, this is a great tool at our disposal as in truth we are not from here and deep down we all are the stillness of God within.

  15. Feeling the stillness, a gentle undulating rhythmic pulse within my body following a session of Esoteric Yoga is feeling the lovely space that does and is residing already within me..I feel so spacious and silently capable afterwards; it is a refresh to the next moment in my day.

  16. For me, Esoteric Yoga has been the doorway to a relationship with my body, and me, that I never thought was possible. It is a relationship that grows with each session and one that I know will keep on evolving as long as I continue my commitment to bring my body all the love and respect that it lacked for way too long.

  17. Thank you Marika for sharing your experience and the benefits you received with Esoteric Yoga, I am reminded how it has felt for me in the past, I feel it is time to open up once again to what it has on offer for me.

  18. It is as simple as you say Marika; “Esoteric Yoga is a self-healing modality that can be done anytime, anywhere and it epitomises the truth of yoga.” And may I add how amazing we feel while staying in Esoteric Yoga as presented by Serge Benhayon, so as we develop a relationship with it, we automatically have a choice to be in Yoga.

  19. I have thought of the body as a hunk of meat that merely functions and that it is the brain that really lives life. Esoteric Yoga has deepened my own understanding and connection with my body, showing that the body is the key to the vitality and aliveness in life and certainly not the mind on its own!

  20. Spot on with your highlights of Esoteric Yoga and what it offers I feel you have expressed everything this modality supports.

  21. I find it so powerful when I connect to the level of delicateness within my body that it is not different to that of a baby, for it is only then that I know true stillness within me and the connection to the divine is there available to me at all times to be reflected through the quality of my movements for the good of all, and this is true alchemy at work!

  22. I experienced an Esoteric Yoga session recently and it was a deep support towards the movements my body has made the choice to move towards, and as a consequence, it brought me back to a very centred and still place within myself too, clearly and in awareness as well as in steadiness bring these movements to life.

  23. Thank you Marika – and what I learn from this ”…There is an absolute honesty that I am shown during each session that allows me to look at the way I am choosing to live. Knowing that my body feels the end result of my choices,” , is that we give ourselves the energy and vitality made of all the choices we make on a daily basis.

  24. “I am in awe of how the body knows exactly how to bring itself back to harmony when I choose to get out of the way and treat my body in a most caring and respectful way” I am amazed that when i have gone into stress or anxiety if I choose then to treat myself with tenderness and loving care I am again brought back into harmony with my body.

  25. Yes on the surface of it during an Esoteric Yoga session it could appear like not much is happening as there are only a few movements and no major poses or stretches or contortions! However I have found it incredibly profound and powerful because there is a real focus on the quality of connection with my body and then the quality of my movements which does feel absolutely delicious and very revealing.

  26. Esoteric Yoga is one of the most amazing modalities that I have ever experienced. In its simplicity, I have been able to again connect to my body and the beauty of the being that I am within my body. To honestly feel the day to day normal life we all live, in the body is so very revealing, much of what we have believed to be normal in how we treat our body is in fact hardening, stressing and tensing our bodies. To feel how we live is contributing to the pain or tension in our body is not a criticism, but a divine gift, for we can adjust, change and move differently in our body and lessen the tension and pain, this modality reminds us that we have a choice as to how we live in our body.

  27. The deeper I go to connecting to my body the more I am shown that which does not support me. Esoteric Yoga supports me to go deeper helping me to let go to feel more of the real me… there is always more and not to stay comfortable with where I am at.

  28. Giving ourselves the time and opportunity to really tune in with our body and way of moving is very worthwhile – we have the opportunity with that to be more aware of how our body is feeling and what it is communicating with us – something that we can then take back into our daily life with us.

  29. I can relate to all of these benefits of Esoteric Yoga. Practising regularly makes me feel more relaxed on a very deep body level. It stops the raciness, the constant motion and provides instant feedback on how I’ve been living as well as an opportunity to connect to a deeper stillness that resides underneath everything else – the emotions, the protections and the hurts – all temporary and surface layers that don’t belong to the core of who we are.

  30. While reading these lines; ‘The spaciousness, openness and gentle quality that is felt in my body is achieved without any stretching or contorting. It reminds me that this is most likely how we felt as babies – so open and feeling the preciousness and tenderness that is perfectly natural.’ I could feel how my body was going into the quality you’ve described here, just by being present and allowing to feel my body it could open up to the natural tenderness I know is inside me from day one.

  31. Esoteric Yoga allows us to reconnect to what lives within, it is a true marker of what can be lived at all times if we so choose to let go of the mental constraints of the world and embrace the light of our soul.

  32. A glowing testament that comes from someone who seems to have been there and done that. I haven’t travelled the world of Yoga that extensively but I don’t know what I feel and my body has never been better in my life which is largely thanks to this quality of Yoga, Esoteric Yoga. I am not saying it’s better then the rest but what I am saying is that as far as anything I have done, the quality of this modality is key and stands out by far.

  33. I have for countless years be disconnected to my body and I have been told by numerous Universal Medicine practitioners that I can feel my body and I disputed this because I couldn’t. It didn’t stop me from trying and eventually through yoga I could sense there was more to me than I was allowing myself to feel. I realised I was actually fighting myself and the deep awareness that actually we all naturally have but have buried somewhere in our bodies out of sight out of mind so to say.
    Esoteric Yoga has enabled me to reconnect to the vastness of who I truly am. I may not hold this in my body all the time but at least I have a marker in my body I can work with and of course the Universal Medicine practitioners were correct – I can feel, I can feel everything that is going on in the world, actually this is the level of sensitivity we all carry in our bodies. I have chosen to switch all of this off because I don’t want to feel all the abuse and ill will we have towards each other and to know I have played my part in all of the discontent that we have in the world.

  34. Me too, Esoteric yoga is very rich in it’s simplicity and the quality it presents and the positive results it can bring to our bodies is endless.

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