Yogic Sukshma Vyayama: A Subtle Practice of Yoga

Yogic Sukshma Vyayama: A Subtle Practice of Yoga

Sukshma means micro and Vyayama means exercise. Therefore yogic sukshma vyayama is a form of exercise dealing with the smallest body parts. A form of exercise which can work on smallest body parts suggest that the system must have been developed in a thoughtful manner with in-depth understanding of the movement and function of individual body part. Sukshma Vyayama can be treated as the first step of Yogic discipline which can adequately prepare the student physically and mentally for further journey on the path of Yoga.


Yoga means a discipline of the mind and body. Its aim is to develop, through gradual stages, a quality of mind which can perceive reality and acquire self-knowledge through the healthy functioning of the mind and emotions.

Yoga maintains that a health body and mind is essential for mental and spiritual development and whether you understand or acknowledge the ultimate aims of Yoga, you can at any rate derive immense benefit from its rational system of exercise and breathing.

Sukshma Vyayama is an ancient component of yoga, which is not known to most yoga schools of the world.  This was developed, designed and propagated originally by Maharishi Karthikeyaji Maharaj of the Himalaya. He taught this Yogic Sukshma Vyayama to Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, who in turn propagated it to the modern world. Today it is taught only at National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. Now we Akshara Yoga School brings this Sukshma Vyayama in its entirety in our Hatha Yoga TTC program.

Sukshma Vyayama

Yogic Sukshma Vyayama is based on some of the most essential but normally not understood, mysterious aspects of Hatha Yoga relating to the Mudras and Bandhas. As mentioned earlier Yogic Sukshma Vyayama is a unique system of exercises not available anywhere in the world, in any other form either in the yogic domain or in the non-yogic, physical or cultural domain.  It is so sensitive, so powerful, and so scientific so deep and yet so simple that even a child after crossing the age of ten can easily practice it and derive benefit. It is beneficial for both the young and the elderly.

The other beautiful and more important aspect of Yogic Sukshma Vyayama is, that it is the only system of exercises in the world where each and every part of the body including Each organ, each joint and each muscle is taken into consideration, and a particular exercise or set of exercises associated with a specific type of breathing and a specific point of mental concentration.

48 Exercises

As the name suggest Sukshma meaning micro or subtle, Sukshma Vyayama which consists of 48 exercises is meant for micro body parts and subtle body not the gross body. This Sukshma Vyayama is followed by Sthula (gorss) Vyayama which works on the gross body. Learn all these 48 exercises in our Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course.

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