hathaThe system of Yoga that Daniel promotes is tantric Hatha Yoga. Kindly note that this has nothing whatsoever to do with sex.

The practice involves all aspects of yogic training; Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Shatkarma and meditation and the theory cover a wide range of topics relevant to the practice; as seen from the perspective of yoga and through the clarity gained by its prolonged and regular practice.

The techniques are used for different purposes depending on where the aspirant is on his journey towards spiritual awakening; in the beginning they are used in order to balance, strengthen and expand the energy body (Pranamaya Kosha) as this has a profound impact on both the grosser physical body (Annamaya Kosha) as well as the subtler mental body (Manomaya Kosha.) This is the practice Daniel call Surya Yoga and it is similar to modern postural yoga, but there are some fundamental differences in terms of approach and focus.

As the aspirant continues onwards the focus shifts from a gross and physically oriented practice towards a more subtle and meditative approach. The practice then centers around traditional kriyas and meditations through which the aspirant manipulates Vijnanamaya (wisdom body) and Anandamaya Kosha (bliss/soul body.)  This is the practice Daniel calls Chandra Yoga.

The Sanskrit word Surya means sun and Chandra means moon. Hatha means forceful, but Ha also translates as Sun and Tha as moon. Yoga translates as union and Hatha Yoga therefore means “the forceful way of uniting the solar and lunar aspects of man.” The sun is a symbol for the masculine and moon symbolises the feminine forces within each human being. The interplay between these energies rest at the very core of our being and these “energies” are brought into balance and perfection through the practical science of tantric Hatha Yoga. This state of being leads to the awakening of Kundalini.

Most schools of modern yoga have only focused on a purely physical level and use of the word Hatha Yoga to define their practice. Therefore  Daniel uses the words Surya and Chandra to refer to the traditional practises of tantric Hatha Yoga that focus on the deeper layers of the solar and lunar energies within us.

It is only in an effort to help the modern western yogi comprehend these profound concepts and integrate them in their life and practice that Daniel uses the terminology of Surya and Chandra. In reality, it is all Hatha Yoga – the traditional way of arousing the life force (kundalini) and guiding  it through the spine towards the brain. This basically means that through the practice of traditional tantric Hatha Yoga the aspirant can expand his consciousness until it encompasses the whole of existence, realising ones true self, God and the reality behind Maya (illusion of existence) in the process. This realisation alone can satisfy the root of all desires and longings and permanently free the soul from the worldly attachments that are the cause of all pain and suffering experienced by the soul on its journey through life (samsara). Hatha Yoga is much more than just the Yoga of physical exercise found in gyms and fitness studios all over the world today.