Yoga Vidya

योग विद्या

Light on Yoga

“No greater mystery exists and there is no greater journey than the discovery of one’s own greatness. Yogabhyasa – asana practice is the first step to discovering oneself.”

Light on Yoga

A practice for life

The reason we exist as human beings is to discover our timeless beauty; the immortality that is ourselves. The mystery that lies beyond all our dreams and understanding is beyond belief. The eternal secret that the creation is hiding from you is you.

No longer a mystery, there is no greater journey of discovery and no greater gift than discovering one’s own greatness.

Yoga exercise (yogabhyasa) is the first step. Lying hidden dormant as you is the great gift your whole being has been waiting for.

Hatha Yoga prepares your mind to receive life’s most precious gift. The gift that keeps giving, the teachers job is to reveal it. To do this, besides knowing themselves as the destination, they must know the destination and the methodology intimately.  

Life’s journey has many surprises, but nothing has prepared you for its ultimate surprise and outcome: the gift that is yourself. The journey, begins with you, you are the point of departure, the journey and destination. Being the beginning and end of every journey, other than you, there is no other destination.

The portion of the journey that has been missing from our lives up till now is ourselves.

To fill the gap requires knowledge. Knowledge fills the vacuum. 

ISHTA-Mala  इष्ट माला

How to become our own ‘Wish-Fulfilling Tree’ 

To be able to lift the veil and uncover our secret destination and nature, we need a body and mind that is prepared. Otherwise the journey doesn’t work and the destination is never reached. The only thing standing between us and the destination is: laziness, death, illness or injury.

For it to be successful, requires daily practice.
Doing ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला fits any lifestyle and ability and brings the destination closer. 
Adjusting according to time available and ability, once memorised ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला becomes second nature. Becoming your practice for life, to become adept takes just 20 minutes of practice a day.

  • Learn the sequence
  • Practice daily
  • At a time that suits your lifestyle

The term इष्ट माला ISHTA MALA derives from Ishvarapranidana the heart of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. इष्ट माला ISHTA MALA is a garland of practices that if done daily, balances the doshas and re-establishes ojas in the system. A healthy body paves the way for establishing a personal relationship with our Ishtadev – our personal deity and preference hence – Ishvara – God. 

Kaya Kalpam

ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला brings life force into the body

Adhering to the timeless principles of the Tamil Siddhas, ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला is the real yoga of India.

To live a positive, friction free lifestyle, and reduce ama, आम toxicity caused by wifi, air pollution and pesticides in the global atmosphere and to survive the food chain we need to exercise.

To open the body’s nadhis (energy flows) and allow life energy; ojas to flow and proliferate, ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला gives your body the traction it needs. To deal with viruses and vaccines, the body needs help.
Just like the sun rising in the morning, ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला brings life force giving us vigour and stamina wherever and whenever we need it.

ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला, boosting ojas enhances our ability to ward off disease. Overflowing rasa, the sadhaka (practitioner) by milking the body’s juice, becomes a Raja Yogi (yogiraj) the ruler of their own kingdom.

The End of Yoga


ISHTA Mala इष्ट माला is designed to help get the body to sit in Siddhasana.
Patanjali in his yoga sutra states ‘Sthira Sukham Asanam’ (Patanjali Yoga Sutras.) “Asana should be steady and comfortable’.

That turns out to be easier said than done. Few can sit comfortably and long enough in Siddhasana to leverage the energy of the body through the breath.

Nadhis are the fuel lines which launch the rocketship. Once purified the nadhis, open the sluice gates of yoga.

Able to sit in Siddhasana, signals your readiness for Kriya Siddha Meditation the pranabhyasa practice to begin.  


Siddha Medicine Alchemy and Ayurveda

Consciousness is the thread woven in the tapestry of Tantra, Yoga and Siddha medicine (Ayurveda).


The body uses whatever it falls on to lift itself

The principle of Tantra; to use the limitation to free us of limitation comes from watching our behaviour. Watching the behaviour of the body, the body uses the ground it falls on to lift itself. Following the body’s example, tantra starts by using the body through which we as conscious beings ‘appear to’ fall, to lift individual consciousness.

Then using the breath to expand and free energy and finally, using the limitation of mind to free the mind, the person (jiva) is free.

The jiva (individual) no longer imprisoned by avidya (ignorance) of themselves, as the limitless boundless ocean of consciousness, no longer a prisoner, freed while living, they are jivamukta.

Throughout the ages, the goal of yoga has been one – Absolute freedom and liberation from all suffering – Moksha.

Our essential nature which is free and eternal already means, to be free and be immortal, we don’t have to do a thing or go anywhere. Mankind is eternally free and pure by nature. But we don’t know it or we wouldn’t fight wars with each other, Unable to recognise it until it is pointed out, all scriptures and teachings hinge on this one point only.
The teacher’s job is to know truth well enough to point it out.


To be the eternal is effortless


Unaware that the consciousness is common, all that is needed is someone who knows to point out the truth. The eternal having always been reached, our goal of immortality already won by birth. Unless we have it pointed out we struggle. No ritual or practice is need to get to what is already the Truth. Doing anything denies we are IT.

To be the eternal is EFFORTLESS. All that’s needed is a free person to point it out. The free person freed from ignorance is a happy person. The job of the teacher is to introduce us to to the happiness that is us already. Then knowledge and Truth being permanent, happiness never disappears. Once we are introduced to ourselves, Atma Vidya, affirms our true nature. Having reached the final destination of our journey our search is complete.


Finding out who we were, once our destination is reached, our outcome is assured. Free to explore the limiteless timeless expanse, keeping the body fit and healthy, the practice of yoga continues.

The truth being already who we are has always been man’s outcome and being inescapable, doesn’t end in a practice. Having always been the embodiment of Truth by birth, we just didn’t know it. 

Discovering the bliss that is eternal, and what all the yoga texts talk about, Satchitananda, knowing our secret, explodes our personal mystery making a joke out of death.

Fully liberated jivamuktah while living, the successful yogi flowers in the absolute knowledge of truth that is themselves and is free to roam the vast expanse called universe. 


इष्टम् ISHTAM…

is resting in the knowledge of absolute power and completeness that is one Self. 

Travelling and Revelling in the joy and freedom that is permanent is Moksha 

This is yoga

John Weddepohl