By Sangeetha Saran
If you ask people what they think Yoga training is about, most will say it’s a bunch of complicated stretches and chanting; the truth is both simple and elegant. In a nutshell, the concept of Yoga is unity; the word Yoga means to yoke or join together. The deeper practice of Yoga gives one the tools to the control and master the mind and body.
Yoga is one of the most complicated systems in existence because it was developed to reduce suffering in the human body, spirit, and mind. Unlike other improvement and enrichment practices, Yogic methodology views humanity in a holistic light in which nothing is separate from the whole.
Attempting to heal and fix parts of the human being with no regard to the totality of the system leads to poor long term results and a general lack of balance. Yogic methods aim to unite the supposedly fragmented pieces of the body and mind and leave both in a condition as they should be.
On an emotional and mental level, Yogic practices help with silencing the attention demanding ego, allowing individuals to awaken to a state of luminous joy. It is sad, but the ego demands so much attention that is can become our greatest distraction by creating so much mind chatter.
Modern humans live in a consistent state of distraction. Observe humanity in crowds and you will likely find this to be true. We are in a state of constant motion, either dwelling on past events or looking forward to events that have not happened yet.
We spend a lot of time fearing events that may or may not happen in the future. Underneath all of this noise is the thing that’s most important: life itself. We miss out on the joy of simply being at peace because our minds are going a million miles an hour. Without being in touch with life as it truly is we lose mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balance, which creates states of suffering.
What is Yoga About?
Yogic methods are simple solutions to create a better quality life. The breathing, meditation, and postures, effectively silence the noise of mind chatter, allowing us to feel alive. Yoga makes the body a tool for radical mental and spiritual change. Yoga works with the human machine and never against it. While the mind is calmed and empowered, the body receives superb physical conditioning. Nothing strengthens and provides flexibility quite like the dedicated practice of asanas.
This connection with the body and the present moment leads to greater awareness of underlying emotions and heads many diseases and illnesses off at the pass. The practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation aim to promote the health of one who practices it in every way. Physical health is improved, mental health is increased, and spiritual health is heightened.
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