A View On Yoga and Meditation for a better living
Yoga and Meditation are among a few proven practices that can help many people to have a more peaceful and content life. I am grateful to live in a tranquil place, but I can sense the difference in the energy when I am getting near a city and imagine how stressful life is there.
In our stressful time, we are drifting more and more away from our true nature.
Many people spend more time in front of TV or computer than in nature or with themselves.
There are more health issues and we hear often about depression.
Unfortunately, most people are not aware of how to access their inner peace or do not take the time to do so. This is resulting in mental stresses such as anxiety, dissatisfaction, restlessness, and nervousness as well as various physical problems and diseases.
Most physical diseases have their roots in the spiritual and mental arena.
I have been writing about being more mindful and many agreed that it is a good practice. But who is really doing it or takes time for serenity regularly?
What are Yoga and Meditation Really?
Meditation and yoga are tools to achieve inner peace, balance, and happiness, tools which
help to increase our awareness. Yoga is not only about headstands and strange postures as many think. It can be started by everyone easily and meditation alone can make a big difference and bring more calmness to life.
The basic idea of yoga is to unite the body, mind, and soul together through meditation, concentration, breathing, and movement. Both technics are a way to connect and find the inner dimension of oneself.
Yoga is a science unaffiliated with religion.Yoga is not just exercise, but a ladder to the divine.-Sadhguru
We focus today more on the body as the center, while the original Yoga teachings are concerned to understand how our mind works and what we can do in order to be calm, collected and peaceful.
The ideal is both aspects, the movements in Yoga Karana or vinyasa (or flow) called – and posture – asana – which is firm but relaxed, makes the body more flexible and more powerful and at the same time calms the mind.
Yoga and meditation are to rest coming from continuously changing mental patterns.
We can rest in ourselves, have no fears and worries, do not have to judge or think about right and wrong.
If the lake of my mind is quiet and I can see down to the bottom, then I can enter into a silence that is my real, immortal and blissful nature.
But how can we achieve this goal now?
In my opinion, through mindfulness and awareness.
And not just during a yoga practice, but also throughout daily life.
For example, checking once you brush your teeth or eating! Where are your thoughts, your focus?
Give each activity, and no matter how banal, your undivided attention, and you find yourself already on the path of yoga.
You wonder now perhaps if that’s so simple, why is there yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditations?
Since our mind is easily distracted through a variety of thoughts or dwindling attention, we need to use the tool of yoga: physical exercises. Exercises like: – asanas, Breathing exercises – pranayama, Gestures – mudras, Meditation, to name just a few. This allows us to influence the body over the mental plane, the fusion of body-mind-spirit can be realized on the path of yoga.
Yoga promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being!
Through certain postures and breathing techniques, Yoga provides serenity, new energy, and vitality – factors that open the heart ( in Yoga the seat of the soul ), so that we feel truly alive.
Although there are many styles of yoga, Hatha Yoga is the most. widespread in the Western world.
The focus is more on the physical aspect: While we breathe and relax, certain postures help to stretch us to bend, to bring into balance and focus. These positions strengthen the entire body, increase its mobility, promote balance and support the circulation.
Read here about Hatha Yoga
In addition to the physical benefits yoga also promotes a deliberate, concentrated mind. With enough practice, you will recognize your strengths and weaknesses, feel where you are relaxed or tense. Also, we will be aware of your feelings, needs, and wishes. This awareness will help you to accept things better and to develop a clear, strong mind, ready for all the challenges of the world!
The Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’
The Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the verbal root -yuj what means ‘connect’, ‘yoking’. Yoga translated directly means “to unite”. This refers to the unity between body, mind and the indwelling itself or Sanskrit: ‘Atman’.
The conscious experience of this unit is called Yoga or self-realization.
The famous commentator of classical yoga – Patanjali Rishi, who has lived more than 2,000 years ago in India.
Rishi Patanjali describes clearly that yoga is an inner state. A state of absolute harmony and peace, the source of any deeper joy and of basic trust.
Yoga and Meditation show through the different practices a way how you come to this inner peace, which is the prerequisite for any lasting success in life.
Yoga has nothing to do with religion.
Although yoga as a philosophical system has its roots in yogic science, called Sanatana Dharma,
Yoga has nothing to do with religion.
The status of Unity is consciously or unconsciously present in every human being, regardless of he belongs to a religious community or not.
Yoga teaches universality, which stands above all religions and also does not interfere. Yoga is open and tolerant and rejects fanaticism. Fanaticism is the true enemy of the people.
Just as we can see to the bottom of a lake when its water is still when we quiet the mind. We see the situations that arise in our lives with greater clarity and can make wiser choices.
As soon as the waves have stopped, and the lake has become quiet, we see its bottom. So with the mind; when it is calm, we see what our own nature is.
If you learn to create the right climate in your body, mind, and emotion, your health, wellbeing, and joy – everything will be taken care of.
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