TYOGA is developing itself as a unique Global Brand, Teaching & Training Cittar Yogam and Cittar Lifestyle Management for a ‘Feel Alive’ for everybody. It is a blend of Yogam, Cittar Lifestyle and Cittar Products based on Ancient Formulations, Teachings, Practices and Lifestyle for the development of Body, Mind and connecting with one's Spiritual self thereby creating and giving great value for our Students, Guests and Followers.
Redefining the Way
Yoga is Taught & Practiced
Bringing the ancient teachings of yoga into a modern context without “dumbing them down.” This is done by exploring the original yogic scriptures, its teachings and practices of the Cittars, their lifestyle and finding their relevance to the world today.
Redefining the practice so that people align closer to the original profound teachings suitable, that can be used by anyone to lead a fulfilling life. The relationship to life and its purpose when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture - to exploit for our own selfish purposes.
The Cittar Teachings puts us on a direction of true purpose and living. It is a way to improve our relationship to everything around us.
This begins the journey of Cittar Yogam.
Tirumular sat in meditation for over 3000 years. He is a mystical saint who was in a yogic trance, and once a year composed one verse of his experience until he attained salvation. His 3000 verses is the final conclusion to life.
Bogar was a master in an elixir of immortality. The Pharmacognosy is the best known of his treatises, and a glossary of medicine and yogam. He crafted the deity of Lord Muruga at Palani with his special powers of alchemy.
A GLOBAL KURUKULAM OF YOGIC STUDIES & PRACTICES
ABOUT ANCIENT CITTARS
CITTARS IN THE TAMIL TRADITION
TYOGA brings back the ancient system of a Kurukulam life as an answer and a system that holds the value to impact education and grooming of individual beings in the 21st century with such high values, training of the mind and body and exercising one’s spiritual connection to the world, nature and creation. A Kurukulam gives an opportunity to polish innate human values and awaken an individual to his or her self-potential. TYOGA Kurukulam’s are ‘methods of learning and living’, places where people come together to be trained to deal with life itself. These are also preserving centers of this ancient teachings and practices in its original form where people can come and learn, practice to apply this knowledge for suitable applications for all human beings all over the world.
Cittars, by their Spiritual and Yogic practices attained immense knowledge and experience in Vaithiyam (Medicine), Vatham (Alchemy), Jothidam (Astrology), Mantirigam (Tantric practices), Yogam (Meditation, Kundalani Yoga) and Gnyanam (Knowledge of the highest). They are immortals and truth seekers who gained powers through their practices. Cittars are holistic practitioners, as they saw food as medicine and a sound mind as a sound body. A body that needs to be cared for, to continue their life and experiences – their research through their practices, ever developing it.
Cittars belong to a school of great knowledge which originally consisted of eighteen members known as Moolavarga Cittars: They are Nandi, Tirumular, Agasthyar, Punnakkisar, Pulasthiar, Poonaikkinar, Idaikkadar, Bogar, Pulikkaisar, Karurar, Konganavar, Kalangi, Azuganni, Agappayan, Pambatti, Teriyar, Kutambai and Sattainathar. Ciddi means attainment of perfection; Cittar is a person who has conquered disease and death by the process of kayakarpam, Yoga and Meditation.
Suspended animation is a condition of the human body, which pathology has understood very little and anatomy has not been able to throw light upon. Whatever may be the causes, one thing is certain that it is purely and distinctly a condition of deep sleep over the objective, the suspension of the vital functions and a state of absolute rest of all the vital organs. The wonder of it is that this condition may continue for years.
According to Cittars, one has to attain gnyana or enlightenment when both body and soul are intact together and hence the necessity of karpa medicine and other regimens to attain a deathless stage. Infact the hallmark of the Cittar system of medicine itself is Kayakarpam or rejuvenation i.e., imparting absolute immunity to diseases, counteracting the aging process and forestalling death. Hence preservation of the body becomes a prime prerequisite to salvation through Gnyana or Enlightenment. The Cittars have thus classified the body according to their states of being into — IRULDEGAM, MARULDEGAM, SHUDHADEGAM, and PRANAVADEGAM & GNYANADEGAM. The transition from Iruldegam to Gnyanadegam is the process of realization and enlightenment. Yogam by itself is a vast field of learning and understanding especially the practice of Kundalini. Impurities in the individual are more in the physical or sthoolashareram than in the shookshmashareeram presently called the aura or the astral body. With Karpa medicines physical body is preserved through Body toning (Valivupera), Kayasiddhi and rejuvenation (marumalarchi) to the state of anandamayam.
Such are the mastery of the Cittars of Tamilagam.
CITTAR TRADITION AS IN ZEN
Bodhidharma, the first Zen Master
Bodhidharma, the first Zen master called 'Zen,' originally comes from the Cittar linage of Tamil Nadu. The Cittar practices were prevalant amongs the Tamil people during that time even though Buddhism was practiced. He came from a place called Kanchipuram where his father was a King. As a prince in the Pallava Kingdom, at an early age, he left the kingdom and princehood to take up spiritual practices. His name prior to monkhood is said to be Jayavarman.
He is the founder of 'Zen.' He came to be regarded as the first patriarch of the tradition that was subsequently known as Chan in China, Zen in Japan, Sŏn in Korean, and Thien in Vietnam. He was also credited with aiding the monks of Shaolin Monastery—famous for their martial arts - in meditation and training. These teachings, traditions and practices come form the Cittars.
As a son of the Pallava King and being trained in Tamil Nadu, his training in the Cittar teachings and martial arts, that gave him a foundation in his meditative practices and Buddhism. It is with these teachings he left Tamilagam and traveled to China.
It is here you see how the Ancient Cittar teachings and practices have influenced by way of teachings and martial arts over time outside Ancient Tamilagam.