By Sanjeev Patel
Other than a Yoga teacher training, the average practitioner doesn’t learn much about Yogic texts or philosophy. Yoga is about more than just strengthening muscles and enjoying more flexibility. It is also a guide on how to live a happy and satisfying life. There are numerous principles in Yogic philosophy that can be applied to every day life. Those principles can help us to keep a clear conscience and live to our full potential. With a little bit of practice and an open mind, it is possible to get so much more out of your practice than you ever could have imagined. However, this is not an overnight process. Living life through the philosophy of Yoga training takes mindfulness that will take time to develop.
Yogic philosophy can mean many things. Some of the more common concepts include commitments to truthfulness, non-violence, meditation, focus, and purification. The purification extends to both the mind and the body. Yoga also emphasizes a deep mind-body connection. This philosophy has endured for thousands of years, due in part to the dedication of people who have been practicing it. Many people have seen Yoga to be a positive, life changing force that has led them exactly where they need to be at the exact time they needed it. However, it should be noted that Yoga is not a magic trick; it is a practice that requires goals and a commitment toward working toward those goals.
Many people who commit to Yoga training find themselves enjoying higher energy levels but feeling a stronger sense of calmness in the mind. That is the beauty of growing the mind-body connection that Yogic philosophy instills. Regular practice can open the mind just as it improves the body. Many people find they start looking at the world around them in a different light. Often, this means a more positive outlook is adopted.
Incorporating different aspects of Yogic philosophy into your own life can be accomplished and it might be easier than you think. Listen to what your body is saying to you, as well as what the mind is saying. Enjoy the meditations and where they can take you. Let the principles of truthfulness, mindfulness, and concentration guide you throughout your journey so that you can get the most out of your practice and your life.
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