Discussing yoga what instantly strikes our mind is the union. And by union, we mean the union of soul, mind and body. But do we realise what yoga is? I think most of us are not familiar with the real meaning of the term yoga, and that is perfectly alright as this is what we have been reading these years. What if I say that yoga is indeed a union but not of mind, body and soul but your inner consciousness with your spiritual power? A little confusing right?
Let me explain it to you. Yoga has been in practice since ancient times. Various saints and sadhus have used it as a powerful tool to spirituality, connect with God and set their paths towards liberation.
These days we have considered yoga as a trend or rather a status symbol. The forms have also changed like aerial yoga, power yoga and yin yoga. The very existence and originality of the term yoga has been missing. Yoga is a feeling, and it is a way to express yourself. It is finding and connecting with God and realising one’s inner worth. It means quitting all the five senses and listening to the supreme power within yourself.
The true meaning of yoga is self-realisation. It is contemplating one’s thoughts and understanding oneself completely. It is attaining inner peace and happiness free from all worldly possessions. This might sound a little obnoxious in this scenario, but it provides freedom from all the sufferings and confusions surrounding you. One feels that he or she is complete and feels a sense of fulfilment. It makes you more creative and supportive.
Yoga is a way of life. Yoga is there in all aspects of life. The lessons learnt in yoga can be beneficial in the real world. It awakens your senses and cleanses your thoughts and actions. Yoga is a broad term encompassing all the methods and techniques of meditation. It prepares our mind by doing away with negative energy and ideas and helps us in attaining self-knowledge or awareness. It helps in connecting with nature and understanding our true inner worth.
In the physical context, yoga balances and strengthens the muscles, organs of the body. It promotes overall health and keeps away from diseases and ailments. Yoga is equally essential to maintain harmony between body and health and mind and peace. The various asanas in yoga are helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, provide relief from severe diseases and relax the mind and body.
Since ancient times yoga has been considered as a verb. It was later when it was regarded as a noun. The term yoga can be better understood if we consider yoga as a verb. The verb is the act of doing something. When we consider yoga as a verb, we become a participant and engage in the whole process instead of just letting it do what it does. It helps in engaging and connecting with oneself. Indulging in yoga involves paying attention and acting to connect with oneself.
Yoga helps in becoming self-aware and understanding one’s body. Tools like emotions and mind can be used to understand how this system of yoga works and is relevant in practical life. Yoga might mean different for different people. It is the feeling that they have had when practicing yoga. It means realising your inner consciousness and attaining inner peace and happiness.
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