day-01 Introduction to yoga

Namaste All My Yoga Yaatris

Knowledge of Yoga is infinite, boundless and timeless. “Learning Yoga is an everlasting journey that leads you within and Within is where you find the world of immortal bliss”. –Mitraasha

The idea behind running this 51 Days Yoga Consciousness series is to proffer my modest learnings and share the divine pearls of Yoga science with people at large. Let’s have a conjoint intent to learn, implement and extend the wisdom of Yoga with a positive co-action and harmonious reverberation amongst each other.

It being a fact that the word “Yoga” is a household name worldwide, it is also true that it could not escape the risk of being largely misrepresented, misconstrued and misunderstood on the same large scale. It is also seen that most people believe yoga to be majorly a practice of a series of physical postures that could lead to weight loss, flexibility and staying fit. Although that part is not utterly untrue, that is not the only thing that Yoga has to offer.

Yoga is a beautiful combination of various applications like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayamas, Bandhas & Mudras, Dharna & Dhyana which when executed regularly, religiously and methodically brings about a  beautiful synchronisation between the Mind, Body and Soul of the practitioner.

In the coming days, I will try to touch the base of each application mentioned above and share the practices imbibed in them. Hope you will enjoy this small little kick start to Yoga expedition which I wish to remain as an important part of your life throughout as it is of mine. 

The first closest milestone that we have set for now is the International Yoga Day which falls on 21st June’2021. So what’s stopping you my dearies. Let us walk together, work together!  See you on the mat tomorrow !

In the spiritual sense, Yoga means union of the mind with the divine intelligence of the universe. I close today’s introductory page by sharing some of the very meaningfully engaging definitions of Yoga that have been there since long.

  1. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The word “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means “to yoke” or “to unite”, common meanings include “joining” or “uniting”, and related ideas such as ‘union’ and “conjunction”.
  2. Maharshi Patanjali the founder of the formal Yoga philosophy says Yoga is Concentration. He also defines Yoga as “योग: िचȅवृिȅ िनरोध:” (Yogah Chittavritti Nirodhah), which means stoppage of fluctuation of mind is yoga.
  3. Maharshi Vyasa the commentator of Yoga sutra also has given one more meaning as, “युज समाधौ” (Yuj Samadhou). It means Yoga is Samadhi.
  4. “Yoga is said to be the oneness of breath, mind, and senses, and the abandonment of all states of existence.” Maitr-upanishad.
  5. Vedanta defines Yoga as the union of the individual soul with the Creator (The Universal Soul).
  6. “Yoga is the union of the individual psyche (jiva-tman) with the transcendental Self (paramatman).”- Yoga-Yjnavalkya.
  7. Kathopanishad says that when all the five senses are suspended, when the mind is at rest then it is a state of Yoga:the steady holding of the senses.
  8. “Yoga is the unification of the web of dualities (dvandva-jla).”-Yoga-bja.
  9. Bhagavad Gita defines Yoga in terms of Karma by saying; “योग: कमŊसुकौशलम” (Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam), which means excellence in work is yoga. It also gives second meaning to Yoga as; “समȕम योग: उ̓ljते” (Samatvam Yogah Uchchayate), which means maintaining the state of mental equilibrium is Yoga. 
  10. “Yoga is the separation (viyoga) of the Self from the earthly (prakriti).”- Rja-mrtanda.
  11. “Yoga is said to be the unity of exhalation and inhalation and of blood and semen, as well as the union of Sun and Moon and of the individual psyche with the transcendental Self.”-Yoga-shikha-upanishad.
  12. Hatha Yoga defines Yoga in terms of awakening of Kundalini (the subtle energy), advancement to Raja Yoga, and the experience of deep meditative absorption of mind known as Samadhi.

Thought of the day: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita

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