I know that there are a lot of articles on Yoga with a lot of different details, here I’m just going to talk about the basics that I know about this beautiful art on this International Yoga Day.
Derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Essentially in the tradition, once we attach the word “Yoga” to anything, it indicates that it is a complete path by itself. It is a 5000-year-old concept related to knowing your body which originated in India. Though in today’s life many treat yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.
Yoga has never been alien to us. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always find infants doing some form of yoga throughout the day. Yoga can be many things to many people. It is for all, one of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how old or young, fit or frail, you are when you come to your mat. As you age, your understanding of Asana becomes more sophisticated. You move from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the Asana.
As we all know the two most important part of Yoga is Breathing Techniques (Pranayama) & Meditation (Dhyaan). Pranayama is the extension and control of one’s breath. Practicing proper techniques of breathing can help bring more oxygen to the blood and brain, eventually helping control Prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama also goes hand in hand with various Yoga Poses. The union of these two yogic principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body. These techniques also prepare us for a deeper experience of meditation.
There are numerous ways to practice this art and many experts who will help you do so. Everyone needs a little motivation and certain tips that will keep them to be on track and enable them to use their energy efficiently while doing Yoga. Below are few points that will definitely help you do so:
- Do not allow the mind to achieve the practice. The practice of Asanas, Pranayama, Meditation etc. should be less result-oriented. They are more process oriented. You should enjoy the process of practice. More you enjoy the practice, more you gain the results. The moment you start chasing the result, you lose it. And frustration chases you.
- Always make sure that it matters less of what you practice, but what matters the most is ‘who you are when you practice’. Be a witness of you while practicing. More you witness, more you understand. This understanding of you allows refinement. As you refine, the Yogi inside manifests outside.
- The first few signs of development in the path of Yoga can be being kind, generous and humble.
- Be regular with your practice. It is not only limited to Asanas. Be regular in being kind to people. Make a habit of being positive regularly. Be aware of how your body, speech, and actions speak. Over the time these practices become a habit and shape your character.
Hope this basic information on Yoga motivates you towards a healthier life with lots of positiveness. Wishing you a very enthusiastic International Yoga Day.