“One cannot climb the eerie heights of Himalayas of Ashtang Yog and reach the pinnacle of Dhyan and Samadhi without conquering Yam, Niyam and further rungs of the most ancient Yog Sadhna”. –Aparna.
Aparnaji puts enormous emphasis upon character building and yogasana training for first few steps, as well as, expounds upon the in depth meanings behind Pratyahara and Pranayaam in her workshops devoted to this very concept drawn by great sages. As she explains, it is natural to not be able to meditate in the beginning of the spiritual path as “Dhyan” is in fact the seventh level of Ashtang Yog and cannot be perfected before imbibing the first six steps. Hence, utmost importance is given to bodily fitness and character building.