What is Yoga?
Yoga is both a Science of Life, and the Art of Living
The word yoga has several interconnected meanings, it can refer to the sense of union one awakens towards all of humanity, the globe, the universe and spirit. It also refers to the oldest known collection of spiritual practices codified by ancient Vedic sages. In the west it often refers to one of several common yogic practices, usually to postures, but sometimes to meditation, chanting or dance; however, the most essential yoga practice is ultimately meditation.
Why Practice Yoga?
"The outstanding and fundamental appeals of yoga have been tolerance, universality, and simplicity. Within its simple framework are contained the principal teachings and approaches which make up the substance of all known philosophies, religions and disciplines. If one understands the four paths to yoga it is possible to unravel the trappings and mysterious elements of any religious or philosophical systems"--Swami Vishnu-Devananda (read more...)
The whole value of yoga cannot be explained, it has to be experienced to be appreciated; even then, it is a continuously blooming 'thousand-petalled-lotus' ever-opening to increasing awareness, and ever-more layers of consciousness. The positive effects of which can be felt through every avenue & aspect of your life endeavors. This increased understanding leads to relaxation, health, well being, contentment, inner-peace and a psychological opening to abundance on every level. With steady practice you will gain a sense of control over the perceptions of the mind, the reality you create, and indeed the world you inhabit.
How Does Yoga Work?
Yoga is a bridge between science and spirituality, ultimately giving us experiential-understanding of the quantum world in which we experience our spiritual-conscious-selves; and a psychological-understanding that on the quantum level we are all manifestation of one life force. Understanding this molecular entanglement, we can modify our environment by our conscious thoughts and deeds; and in fact come to fully recognize that what happens to one, on some level happens to us all.
Yoga is a bridge between cultures & religions. Recognizing our yogic (united) relationship with our surroundings and each other despite cultural difference is paramount to our sense of happiness and security, and allows us to release judgment, resistance, & attachment. Every religion is a mere reflection of an equal-effort to transmit ancient understandings of individual spiritual experiences from different cultures; however, with the passing of generations, the messages superficially appear quite different, but are in fact, all predicated on first-hand primordial knowledge of the 'Source' that is still accessible through this and many other paths.
Yoga is a psychological science of self-inquiry and discover; a science of self-control & discipline, which frees oneself from the entrapment of the conditioned-egoic mind and teaches one to be a co-creator of the reality of ones own existence. Mastery over your own mind and destiny frees you to further serve your wider community, promoting and sharing in the abundance that is inherit for each and every human, but which seems out of reach in the current day.
It is said that yoga makes a Christian a better Christian, a Muslim a better Muslim, and Atheist a better Atheist. Yoga helps you become an optimized spiritual being no matter what path you chose to follow. In time you will understand the true, unadulterated core of your religious persuasion with greater depth and will see that all paths lead to the same truth.
The various practices of Yoga will increase your health & well being and open you to tolerance, understanding, intuition & knowledge beyond the scope of your currently limited imagination, that is why it is said you have to experience Yoga to fully appreciate it.
World Yoga Directory - Genuine Yoga and Spiritual Science resources worldwide.
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