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What is Yoga
Yoga is a Sanskrit word. It may be
originated from the same root of "yoke" -the latin word meaning to
join together. Perhaps the best translation of it would be
But union of what-- that depends on your thinking-whether
practical, scientific, religious, or spiritual is it. Here are some
the common "unions" that people desire for:-
Union of body, mind, and spirit
Union of your "everyday nature" with your "true nature"
Union of the individual soul and the Divine
Union of conscious and unconscious mind (or bringing the
unconscious into awareness)
Union of "lower self" and "higher self"
So Yoga is "union". A sage named Patanjalli who codified many
thousands of years ago Yoga, in his work calling "Yoga Sutras" he
"Yoga is the control of the vrittis of the mind".
The vrittis are waves or modifications such as thoughts, memories,
and emotions. But these waves are bad or evil, but just as the
waves of a lake reflect the light and keep you from seeing your
reflection, the vrittis keep you from seeing your true self. He
goes on to say," When the vrittis are controlled, the seer abides
in his own true nature".
Everything has a "true nature", that essence that comes forth when
you just leave things alone in their natural environment.
So, what is the true nature of a human being - your true nature?
Someone searching for this, someone trying to be one with his or
her own true nature-he or she is a yogi (male) or yogini (female).
Since time immemorial the yogis, and sages of all tradition, say
that your true nature is peace, bliss, and happiness. When you
achieve these you are truly divine. There are many paths for yoga
such as -- meditation, praying, contemplation. But you should honor
every paths while follow one only religiously.
What is Astanga Yoga (Raja
Astanga Yoga is a systematic
branch of yoga consisting eight main parts to it. A sage named
Patanjalli about 2000 years ago first wrote it down. Astanga Yoga
is often called "Raja Yoga", which means the "Royal" Yoga. This
name was actually coined at the turn of the century by Swami
Vivekannanda, who thought Westerners would have a hard time saying
The eight steps of Astanga
Yama, or Controls or Restraints
Ahmisa - living to love and serve No-violence, no-injury to others.
Satya - Truthfullenss, eliminating falsehood from our lives.
Asteya - Non-stealing, not taking that which is not ours.
Bramacharya - No-indulgence, keeping the harmony and equilibrium of
our lives in tact.
Aparigraha - Non-possesiveness, yielding, letting go of unnecessary
objects which obstruct our progress.
Niyama, or Observances or
Shaucha - Purifying body, mind, and spirit
Samtosha - Contentment, cultivating the inner joys generating with
freedom from desire
Tapas - Self-discipline, developing a strong will, training the
habits of body and mind
Svadhyaya - Self-study
Ishwara Prandihana - Self-surrender to our higher consciousness,
our true inner self, and/or to god (notice that yoga acknowledges
that there is a god, but does not name any particular god or
prescribe particular religious practices).
Asana or Posture,
Pranayama(Control Breath),Pratyahara (Control
of the Senses) Concentration, Dhyana or
Meditation,Samhadi or Self-Realization.
Hatha Yoga: what it is?
The two words –HA and THA
–constitute the whole word—Hatha. Ha means The Sun and Tha means
The moon. So hatha yoga signifies "union of the sun and moon"i.e.
to bringing our light and dark sides, our masculine (strength) and
feminine (gentle) sides, our constant nature and our changing
nature together. Hatha Yoga includes Yama, Niyama, Asana, and
Pranayama. Hatha Yoga is seen as a preparation for the higher steps
of Astanga Yoga. It makes the body become comfortable and steady so
that it is not an obstacle in achieving the subtler states that
meditation makes access able.
What is Meditation?
Dhyana,or Meditation is to keep and concentrate the mind on one
point. In this state our awareness cast our everyday awareness
What is Samhadi?
Samhadi,or Self-Realization, is the last step of Astanga Yoga. It
is a transcendence of the mind, going beyond the normal limits of
what we normally call our self or ego. It is becoming one with the
substance and flow of creation. It is like the feeling when we
become totally lost in something outside of ourselves, perhaps when
watching a beautiful sunset or waterfall, being absorbed in a game
or story, or watching your children experience joy.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is considered the
mother of all the Styles of Yoga. It works on awakening the
Kundalini having at the base of our spine or the Muladhara Chakra.
Kundalini came from the word kunda --"the pot" but the Kundalini
Sadhna is defined as the coiled energy that looks like a serpent
with three and a half coils lying dormant at the base of the spine
with the tip of its tail to its mouth. The three coils represent
the Three Gunas: the Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the half coil
represents the Vikritis. Anatomically, Kundalini is located in the
perineum region of the body, which is between the rectum and the
testicles in males and between the vagina and clitoris in females.
Kundalini is also the symbol of uniformity of the masculine power
called Siva and the feminine power called Sakti. When these two
different sources of energy unite, they become complete and become
a fundamental source of energy and power. This union happens in the
brain or Sahasrara Chakra and gives us divine prosperity, universal
energy, creativity, feeling of love and affection and eliminates
negative feelings--depression and jealousy.
History of yoga
The history of origin
of yoga is quite mysterious and shrouded. Still it is believed that
about 4500 B.C. before initiating human civilization. The evidences
found out so far tell that Yoga grew out during Stone Age
Shamanism. According to archeological proof because of the cultural
similarities between Modern Hinduism and Mehrgarh's, a neolithic
settlement (in what is now Afghanistan) excavations it is prevailed
the root of yoga is enrooted in this shamanistic culture of
Mehrgahr. Early Yoga and archaic shamanism had much in common as
both sought to transcend the human condition. The primary goal of
shamanism was to heal members of the community and act as religious
mediators. Archaic Yoga was also community oriented, ait attempted
to discern the cosmic order through inner vision, then to apply
that order to daily living. The first archaeological evidence of
Yoga's existence is found in stone seals excavated from the Indus
valley. The stone seals depict figures performing Yoga postures.
Yoga and Health
Yoga and Health -- the two words are correlated to each other. The
Health Benefits of Yoga is widely known. Yoga is an unavoidable
means for improving and attaining both Physical and mental sound
Health. Yoga is a science of Health. Yoga nowadays becomes an
essential part of modern medicine to which potentiality of good
health, vitality and long lasting youthfulness can be kept in tact.
For that you should be conscious about the enhancing of three major
functions of your body-constitutional system (muscular, bones and
ligaments); the nutrient cycles of digestion, respiration and
circulation which nourishes every cell and tissue and the
communication system-- systems of nerves and hormones which balance
and regulate our physical, emotional and mental responses.
Yoga and you
Yoga can help Women cope with health issues like hormonal changes
associated with Menopause, Pregnancy and Menstruation can cause
Women to suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome, Menstrual Cramps,
headaches, and other symptoms and help them develop the state of
their body and mind. It alleviates the pain that goes with
Menstruation, manage stress, and ensure an easier delivery among
other benefits. Yoga poses are also designed to tone and exercise
the muscles of the body to eliminate excess fat, and make it more
flexible and stronger.
Men are expected to be physically and mentally strong and fit to
cope with stress and to meet the demands of everyday life, together
with sports activities. To achieve a fitter body, they should
practice Yoga to achieve a healthier body and mind to meet life's
increasing demands. Not only do they need to adapt stress of being
the head of the family or what others consider as the "stronger
sex", they also have to deal with the demand to look good.
Growing Old is the stage when you are more susceptible to some
ailments like Arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence and High Blood
Pressure. This raises the need for the seniors to stay fit and
healthy during this age.
So yoga, today becomes an essential part of your daily life.