What is Yoga?
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. It also means union or communion. A Yogi is one whose operating systems (mind, body, emotion, awareness, soul) are open and functioning well as one unit. Yoga is a moment by moment grand integration of all that we are, otherwise known as very good health. All that we are includes everything from our cultural & familial influences, to our things (home, car, clothes, etc.), our behavior, and more personal experiences like thoughts, emotions and states of awareness or consciousness.
That doesn’t sound anything like what I’ve imagined people are doing in yoga classes. I’m confused.
That’s because in the west we’ve shortened the name of the practice called Hatha Yoga to Yoga. Hatha Yoga is one of many yoga practices (like Yerba Mate is one of many teas). Hatha Yoga is the study of your body, its movement, the breath and the mind.
To study, practice and understand the meaning of Yoga is not only extremely interesting but profoundly helpful in one’s personal life journey. Such an undertaking is a day to day, moment to moment educational endeavor that continues throughout one’s life. Hatha Yoga is a physical science and art form that sprung up in more modern Indian culture. It is one practice within a much larger spiritual undertaking.
Since the late 1960’s Yoga’s popularity has been spreading like a wild fire. People are drawn to various aspects or types of yoga depending on their disposition and other factors. Yoga is a big word and often misunderstood in the west. I will educate more on this topic to the best of my ability via my blog and responding to inquiries.
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