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yoga is an ancient system of exercises
that has evolved for millenia in India known in the west for the past
hundred years, yoga has proven itself to be of great value for westners
yoga means "unity", "harmony". It harmonizes
one's life, awakens the latent capabilities & unites oneself with
the cosmic consciousness. It is union & integration of every aspect
of a human being from the innermost to the external.
yoga is a rich time-honored teaching on how we can achieve physical
health, psychological well being & spiritual peace. It is a path of
self discovery that leads to balance & harmony. It enhances every
facet of physical fitness.
Benefits of yoga
The highest aim of yoga is realisation of the true self. This
cosmic Love, a feeling of oneness with all & the experience of pure
being, unflawed knowledge & infinite bliss.
yoga is no magic pill but leads to the desired goal through
patient, systematic practice.
Intense practice of yoga has been found to activate intuitions
& creativity, unfold artistic capabilities & enhance mental power. Different
spheres of consciousness becomes accessible to a yoga
practicioner.Many perceive the life energy within themselves &
others become aware of its rotation in the chakras.
To summarize yoga exercises can
help you to:
1. Harmonize your life
2. Awaken latent capabilities
3. Unite yourself with the cosmic consciousness
The Paths of yogas
These paths form the philosophical base of the yoga system though
understanding them is not mandatory having a knowledge of them will help
in the better understanding of this system:
Hatha yoga:It is unitive discipline of the force (serpent
power). It is the foundation of yoga system or the preparation of higher
yoga.'Ha' refers to 'sun' & 'tha' means 'moon'. Thus hath yoga refers
to positive(sun) to negative (moon) currents in the system.These
currents are to be balanced & mastered so that the vital force, prana
can be regulated, mind cleared & superconsciousness achieved.
It ensures good physical & mental health one can utilise this to
the best advantage by deep meditation on the atama or inner
self.Self realisation is it's major role.It can be achieved by
rememberance of god, by righteousness, by a life virtue.
This branch of yoga uses physical poses, breathing techniques,
relaxation methods to explore structure of mind,body & soul. Through
the yoga postures, attention is focused on inward finding
integration,balance,compassion & Love.
Ashtang/Rajayoga: "Raja" means Royal & the
meditation route to self-ralization.Raja yoga starts with the mind, it's
goal is a complete stilling of mind so that the light of undwellling
spirit may shine out.
It is also known as power yoga, it focuses on powerful flowering
moments such as push-ups.it is the process whereby the practitioner concentrates upon one point in order to integrate discontinuous,
diffused attention.This yoga includes affirmations, visualisations,
attentiveness, self-observation & various meditation techniques.
Recommended for: It is appropriate for those who have
successfully rehabilitated from a back injury & are looking for a
more strenuous practice.
Bhakti yoga: It is the yoga of devotion & love. Love
Love of god in man & surrender to god's will is stressed in the bhakti
yoga approach.Some people are naturally included by temprament to be
devotional & love god & god as the world. Balance is recommended: devotion
balance with reason; Love balanced with
There are no set ways of performing Bhakti yoga. Some people find that
external aids can contribute to the devotional attitude for example: an altar used during prayer & meditation, pictures of saints to serve
as inspiration, chanting or singing.
Singing the name of god aloud can elevate the consciousness, clear the
mind & even change the environment with pure energy.
It is our daily life that Bhakti yoga is practiced-Are we loving,
compassionate & fair in our dealings with others?.
Jesus stated the ideal of Bhakti yoga when he taught:
"As you have Loved me,Love one another"
When true love reigns, there can be no barriers, then harmony &
fulfillment rules.Love & Devotion also purifies human nature &
cleanes the mind & the emotions.
There can be no hate, dislike, jealousy, envy fear or prejudice in
the loving heart. Truly blessed are pure in heart, for they can perceive
the Reality of God.
This is the philosophy of Bhakti yoga,thus Bhakti yoga is a yoga with
no set rules but is a process of remembrance of god with full
concentration & devotion, the way you or your faith finds
Recommended for: This yoga can & should be practiced by each
& everyone but those suffering with stresses & mental trauma are
especially benefited by this yoga.
yoga Postures (Asana's)
The Yogic routine of Life
The Complete breath (Pranayam)
Sun Salutation (SuryaNamaskar)
Simple Daily Exercises
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