We are living in an age of noise and that is taking a toll on our minds. Eastern psychology, more precisely the yoga sutras, tell us that our mind falls into 5 focus states; scattered, dull, gathering, concentrated and still.
Due to the noise and hyper connectivity, a majority of our generation is currently living with fragile, overstimulated minds lacking focus or willpower. Impulsive habits, an addiction to stimulation and a lower sense of clarity and confidence are showing that many of us are living with a scattered or dull, i.e the lower 2 states of mind. The path to a still mind, as now recognised by the world, is a methodical journey to train the mind using classical yogic techniques such as asana (postures), pranayama (Breathwork), dharna (concentration) and dhyana (meditation). But if only it were that simple.
In today’s yoga and meditation industry, the ethos of ancient yogic culture seems to be getting diluted, or lost. The super busy are turning to yoga retreats or weekend getaways for a quick reset. While a break away from the chaos brings the much needed calm, it is one difficult to sustain once we are back into our worldly contexts. The digitally-savvy millennials are turning to new-age alternatives, from breathing apps and meditation cushions to high-end yoga apparel. Yet, what’s missing still, is stillness in the mind.
Still, established in 2021, is a vision to bridge these gaps and make ancient Indian yogic techniques accessible and approachable in their pure form, in the homes of a modern, tech-savvy, global audience.
Still is not for those seeking spiritual entertainment, quick hacks, or high tech wearables to track health metrics. It if for those seeking an anchor for clarity and discipline not far away on a mountain, but within their daily, busy reality through the practice of age-old classical yogic techniques.
The philosophy is based on the 5 states of mind as inscribed in the yoga sutras, the oldest texts in the history of yoga. All efforts at Still are dedicated to empower practitioners with yogic tools and knowledge to train towards a higher or still state of mind through a practice-centred effort, i.e. the path of Raja Yoga, as if one were embracing some ashram principles in their home.
It provides practitioners a methodical path to train their noisy, monkey mind, using an audio-based journey on their phones which also tracks their daily practice. Diligent practitioners progressing to advanced levels on the path are rewarded with personalised guidance from classically trained teachers at Still, just how students in sadhana (daily practice) at an ashram, are nudged by gurus from time to time.
Still’s ultimate goal is simple: more and more people across the world practicing daily to experience the power and clarity of a quiet mind.