Hello and Welcome,
Lovely to have you here. The word Yoga has people everywhere either talking about it, planning to go to classes, have been doing classes or are using Yoga as a daily exercise. Sound familiar, are you one? I would like to look at what has become a true buzzword to define Health and Wellbeing. As we will be finding out here, Yoga is also one of the most misused words in any language.
The word Yoga immediately conjures up pictures of people dressed in loose-fitting clothes, stretching their bodies into various positions, being conscious of their movements and hopefully their breathing. But yoga is so much more than a group of stretching exercises and controlled breathing.
One Yogi Master described Yoga as being ” Like the Smell of Jasmine on a Gentle Spring Breeze ” How beautiful is that as opposed to the smell of sweaty armpits. Only joking here, because I’ll bet the perfume and cologne competition is really hotting up in the yoga classes.
Let’s Look at a Few Other Definitions of Yoga
a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. The word yoga is associated with meditative practices in both Buddhism and Hinduism. … The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj, meaning to control, to yoke or to unite
BRIEF HISTORY OF YOGA
The word ‘Yoga” comes to us from the Sanskrit (classic Indian language-meaning consecrated and sanctified). Yogas true meaning is to ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’ with reference to the 4 disciplines defined below (mind-body-emotion-energies). The Yoga science originated thousands of years ago before any religion or any of our belief systems were initiated.
Some say that Yoga is a practice that began with the actual dawn of creation. So if we are to understand the full extent of what Yoga is, and it’s benefits for both our health and well-being we need to be guided by the true masters of Yoga, the seekers, indeed the enlightened. And here we have one!
Jaggi Vasudev (born Mysore, 3 September 1957), also known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic and author. He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers Yoga programs around the world and is involved in social outreach, education and environmental initiatives. Click here for more about Sadhguru at Wikipedia.
In Sadhgurus own words ” yoga essentially means finding the keys to the nature of the existence. … Sadhguru: In the western part of the world, if you utter the word yoga, people think of impossible physical postures. This is a very distorted idea of what yoga is. The word “yoga” literally means “union.”
In the short video below, Sadguru explains that “To be in Yoga is a destination, but somewhere along the way the processes themselves became, and got the name Yoga. The brief 2-minute video gives us our first understanding of how this came about.
UNDERSTANDING THE YOGA PRINCIPLES – BEYOND THE FIVE SENSES
As mentioned before, The True Essence of Yoga Is ‘UNION.’ The 4 Disciplines pertaining to the word Yoga, are all relative to the following:
To show what is true and what is not true…
That which brings you to reality…
When you experience everything as one in your consciousness, then you are in Yoga…
Being one with life…
Sadhguru: Right now, the only things which are in your experience are your body, your mind, and your emotions. You know them to some extent, and you can infer that if these three things have to happen the way they are happening, there must be an energy that makes them happen.
Without energy, all this cannot be happening. Some of you might have experienced it. Others can easily infer that for these three things to function, there must be an energy behind them. For example, a microphone amplifies a person’s voice. Even if you don’t know anything about the microphone, you can infer that there is a source that powers it.
And so it is. Using the 5 senses enables us to struggle and strive to survive. So if we want to go beyond struggle and just surviving to live a much more joyful life, we must go beyond the 5 senses and truly experience the magnificence of life.
Yoga Discipline-The 4 Disciplines
Looking at the nature of karma, Sadhguru characterizes karma as a coiled spring within, that must release itself.
It is extremely important that the Karma or Energy that is designated is employed as quickly as possible so that stillness is conceivable, and becomes a reality not just an idea of the mind.
Bhakti yoga is a discipline of devotion, where you take control of your emotions and strive to have them change from negative to pleasant and joyful.
“Isha” refers to that which is the source of creation; “kriya” literally means “internal action”. The purpose of Isha Kriya is to help an individual get in touch with the source of his existence, to create life according to his own wish and vision. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings health, dynamism, peace and wellbeing. It is a powerful tool to cope with the hectic pace of modern life.
Sadhguru explains that Gnana yoga is not a philosophy, but a process to sharpen the intellect to a point where it can ” penetrate through the process of life and show you what is true and what is not true.”
Those on the Gnana yoga path learn to access the deepest dimension of human intelligence, which connects them with the very basis of creation.
“Intelligence beyond logic is what you are referring to as God.”
So as you can see there are so many more aspects to explore and benefits to behold from the science of Yoga. This is just a sprinkling of the wonders that Yoga can bring through the disciplines described above. Although I have referenced Sadhguru here you don’t have to take his word for it.
He himself says that “With all the so-called ‘great things’ you have in the world, the only thing I am interested in is things that work”. He often says ” You must not believe anything I say is true, because you have your own journey, so you need to find what works for you, I am only offering you signposts, you must leave your own trail”
I’ve just been amazed at all the wonderful things happening in my life today that I will not even try to explain here. I can only pray you take some small steps to finding your own truth, and the blessings that come with that. I know I am not alone here, so please leave me a comment of your own experiences and If you have any questions at all just ask them below.
If you are looking to take on some life-changing disciplines I suggest you go here for my post on Meditation for Beginners it’s a great little place to start with some wonderful tips to keep the momentum flowing.
Always My Pleasure…
NAMASTE (I honour the place in you where we are both one)