Yoga can seem like a complicated concept - or, at the least, a dizzying array of physical manipulations that turn seemingly happy-looking human beings into happy looking human pretzels.
Even more disconcerting, a stereotype does exist in places where the term yoga is synonymous with cult, or some kind of archaic spiritual belief that compels one to quit their job, sell their house, and go live in the middle of nowhere.
In actual fact, Yoga is a very basic "thing". If you have ever had the opportunity to visit a country where it has been established for generations, like India, Japan, China, and others, really nothing unusual, in fact its simply just, "ordinary".
The practice of yoga came to the west back in 1893 when one of Indias most celebrated gurus, Swami Vivekananda, was welcomed at the World Fair in Chicago. He is now known for having sparked the West interest in yoga.
Literally, the word yoga comes from the Sanskrit term Yug, which means: to yoke, bind, join, or direct one attention. At the same time, yoga can also imply concepts such as fusion, union, and discipline.
The sacred scriptures of Hinduism (an ancient belief system from India that has a global presence) also defines yoga as a discipline; the kind of discipline that, leads to inner and outer union, harmony and joy.
In essence, yoga is most commonly understood as conscious living; of tapping into ones inner potential for happiness.
What Yoga Is not:
Sometimes it is helpful to understand things by what they are not; especially when dealing with a topic, like Yoga, that is quite easily misunderstood.
Yoga is NOT calisthenics (marked by the headstand, the lotus posture or some pretzel-like pose). While it is true that yoga involves many postures and especially in Hatha yoga which is only intended to help people get in touch with their inner feelings.
Yoga is NOT a system of meditation and or a religion in the way many people are misled to believe. Meditation is only part of the whole process of bringing ourselves into the realm of the spiritual.
What is the essence of Yoga?
Virtually all yogic science and philosophy states that a human being is but a fragment of an enormous universe, and when this human being learns to communicate with this vastness, then he/she attains union with something that is bigger than him/her.
The art of tapping into something bigger than self enables one to walk the true path of happiness. By flowing along with the force, the individual is able to discover truth, and with truth comes realization; but to attain realization, our words, thoughts and deeds must be based on truth.
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