What is Yoga?

I just lately facilitated a workshop for a gaggle of executives from a middle of studying. I had criss-crossed the trail of those executives for someday and knew most of them individually. I had additionally government coached a few of them over a time period. Once I designed the workshop with the target of aligning their private particular objective with their skilled aims, I slotted in an hour for Yoga. I used to be alerted by the HR liable for contracting this workshop, that I’ll fall in need of assembly expectations as most executives will probably be completed Yoga practitioners. I took the danger nonetheless, as is my need, and found what I’ve all the time believed to be true. Lot of individuals know rather a lot about Yoga. Nevertheless, they haven’t any direct expertise of the identical. They’ve acquired the information by way of vicarious sources of TV, Books and front room discussions. Intellectually they’re conscious, however they arrive up brief in follow.

I used to be a bit amused ( I’m sorry, amused as in humor and never vanity) that the majority of them might write a treatise on Yoga and it is numerous traits, types and advantages however had by no means completed a brief follow to internalize the expertise. They knew the names, (particularly the troublesome ones) of a few of the Asanas (sitting or train postures) and Pranayamas (respiration workouts) and have been clearly very impressed with their information, however none of those was for actual apply. Follow was by some means meant for many who lived on one other aircraft.

Yoga is believed by some to be a faith, some contemplate it a philosophy and a few a cult – as in Tantrism. It stays to be verified; I lately learn a report that the Malaysian authorities has banned Yoga as it’s deemed to be a spiritual apply not in alignment with Islamic practices. A few of this false impression is justified as Yoga is talked about for the primary time (to my information) within the Geeta, which is the spiritual guide of the Hindus. There isn’t a date to the Geeta, so it isn’t actually generally known as to when the follow of Yoga got here into existence. Patanjali himself doesn’t write about any faith or God.

It’s recognized that like all Indian traditions the Yoga was handed down within the oral custom from the Grasp to the scholar till extensively talked about within the Geeta. Chapter two and three of the Geeta are entitled the “Yoga of Information” and the “Karma Yoga”. In chapter II, from stanza 47 to 60 we’ve got an exhaustive sketch of the “Yoga of Motion” from 61 to 70 the ‘Path of Love’ or ‘Bhakti Yoga, and in stanzas 71 and 72 ‘Path of Renunciation’ or ‘Sanyasa Yoga’. After having defined the fundamentals of Yoga within the second chapter, the third chapter “Karma Yoga” extols Arjuna to motion, by explaining to him that the “Path of Motion” is a way to an finish to finally obtain the aim of “Path of Information”. Moksha can’t be achieved by inaction or mere renunciation, however by lively apply and obligation.

The one codification of Yoga practices that ever happened was by Patanjali in his treatise famously referred to as the “Yoga Sutras”. For the aim of this text that is the one and solely guide for Yoga Follow. Sure, as written and expounded by Sri Patanjali, the Yoga sutra is an instruction guide for Yoga apply. It’s neither a faith, nor a philosophy. It’s a step-by-step information to realize the objectives of Yoga. As is the human tendency the Sutras have been interpreted and re-interpreted by numerous faculties of thought to go well with their function. The Yoga Sutras describe processes and practices as to how a traditional individual could also be so motivated as to rid themselves of adverse tendencies by reuniting with their supply, which is their true type, and thus obtain their highest potential for which they exist.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is split into 4 chapters. The primary often known as “Samadhi Pada” outlines the essential context, outlines, processes and objectives of Yoga. All the Yoga Sutra is written in 195 sentences (Sutras) – a Sutra is not more than a sentence, actually a string of phrases. Brevity thy identify is Patanjali.

The primary three Sutras outline Yoga. Since, this text is entitled, “What’s Yoga?” I’ll attempt to clarify the primary three Sutras as I’ve learn, understood and skilled. They collectively outline Yoga. There isn’t a different definition that’s universally accepted.

In Sanskrit the primary Sutra reads, “Atha Yoganusasanam”.

Atha – Now, right here,

Yoga from the phrase Yuj which means conjoining, combining, connecting

Anusasanam – The self-discipline, the directions

Patanjali if he was writing in English would learn, “That is the authoritative instruction of the self-discipline of Yoga”.

If Yoga means Yuj and Yuj means becoming a member of, combining, what’s the mixture that might be referred to as Yoga? It will grow to be clear if all of the 195 Sutras are learn and mixed to know the which means of many phrases that Sri Patanjali makes use of however doesn’t clarify. The commentaries to the Sutras usually are not that of Sri Patanjali himself. On my understanding of the Sutra the becoming a member of appears to be that of the physique and the thoughts. With breath being the connecting agent. Subsequently the three elements of Yoga are the physique, the breath and the thoughts. We’ve heard the well-known quotes, “Emotion is created by movement”, “Physiology is psychology” – all these appear to comply with from Yuj or Yoga.

The second Sutra reads in Sanskrit: Yogash chitta-vritti nirodhah

In English: Yogash – Yoga is

Chitta – subject of consciousness

Vritti – the wandering thoughts

Nirodhah – cessation

Yoga is the cessation of the wandering thoughts to liberate the sector of consciousness from its limiting patterns.

Subsequently the top objective of Yoga is the thoughts and the cessation of ideas that corrupt the pure area of consciousness, and the means objectives are bodily workouts and breath as talked about within the different Sutras. Meditation is the top aim and the bodily workouts (asanas) and respiration workouts (pranayama) put together us for the top aim. Thus, simply meditation isn’t Yoga, neither is simply asana or pranayama or any of the 2. Although in Sutra 19 chapter 1 Patanjali does say that some fortunate ones are born within the state of Yoga and don’t have to both apply or self-discipline themselves.

Sutra 1.three in Sanskrit: Tada Drastuh Swarupe Avasthanam

Tada: In order that – cessation of ideas is completed in order that

Drastuh: The perceiver, one who’s within the state of Yoga

Swarupe: Of their purest type, of their pure Self

Avasthanam – established

Cessation of thought processes is Yoga, in order that the perceiver in full consciousness is established of their purest type – Self. It ceases all evolutionary and life conditioning so that there’s solely pure Self – as IS.

Now that we’ve a definition of Yoga, we will perceive all literature and observable Yoga phenomena from the attitude of the Grasp (Patanjali) himself. Some other interpretation is coloured because it inserts phrases into the Sutras that Patanjali himself has not written. Later interpretations have carried out justice to their very own faculties of thought, however to not the originator. The originator was solely desirous about defining Yoga.


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