Yoga is a way of life

Sutra 1.12: abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tan-nirodhah.  Practice Yoga in your daily living without attachment to the fruits of your actions (non-expectation).

The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago.

The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. Yoga was practiced before it's principles and understanding were later included in religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism.

In around the 2nd and 4th (or there thereabout) century Patanjali, the Indian Philosopher that documented what Yoga is, in his Sutras (Sanskrit Verses), begins the yoga sutras by defining yoga as “citta vrtti nirodaha” (YS 1.2) which is often translated simply as ‘Yoga is the ability to calm/direct/restrain the fluctuations of the consciousness/mind’.

Patanjali then says that when in this state of yoga, the perceiver (person) then abides in his or her own/true nature.

Nature's natural beauty is one way to calm the mind

Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is there for everyone regardless of your background.

Yoga in daily living is ultimately about your own state of the mind and your own dealings with everything and everyone in your surroundings. Through internal meditation and external exercise we learn to allow the mind and body to get to a state where the Ego does not control our own behavior in daily life.

Let me make myself clear, Self Respect/Self Esteem for everyone is an essential quality. 

Self Respect is accepting of self, it is being confident of who you are as a human being.

Ego is the feeling of being Supreme.  Ego, as used here, is where one thinks/perceives themselves as being superior to someone else.

The true nature of the mind is pure Love. Love that is equal, love that is unconditional, a love that is not judgemental

Yoga, is not only Physical exercise. It is a discipline that is made up of 8 Rungs/Ladders or Parts of a bigger picture that intertwine and enhance the next ladder:

Yama:

(suggested moral conduct)

non-violence, truthfulness, no stealing, self-control ( similar to not giving in to temptation easily), and freedom from

wanting ( not greedy)

Niyama:

(Suggested Self observances)

purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and surrender to the moment

Asana:

(strengthening and stretching exercises):

Yoga Postures that help the mind and body

Pranayama:

Control of prana (Breath), the Breath is the life force of the body, keep the breath flowing calmly and the mind will follow

Pratyahara:

Notice the senses calmly and quietly and enhance your own experiences in life

Dharana:

focused concentration; holding the mind to one thought or object

Dhyana:

A repeated one-pointed focus internally regardless of the external influences is called meditation

Samadhi:

The meditator comes to experience a profound connection to the Self and interconnectedness with all living things. 

Yoga principles have been used in many books, in religions such as Hindiusm and Buddhism, in successful board rooms and organizations, in self-help books etc. However, Yoga is not a religion, it is purely a mind-body discipline that can be used in every place and in every situation of your own life. Yoga is not just exercise, to assume Yoga is purely exercise is doing it a very big disservice.

"Ahimsa (Non-Violence) has to be revived in every generation because human nature is torn between peace and violence. Marshall Rosenberg gave proof that entering this state of expanded awareness was real and, when it came to settling disputes, very practical. He leaves footprints that the rest of us can follow. If we have true self-interest at heart, we will follow. It’s the only alternative in a world desperately seeking wisdom and the end of strife." ~Deepak Chopra

Rosenberg, Marshall B.. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, 3rd Edition: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides)

A Classical Yoga class at ShanthYogaPilates will include at least the first 7 rungs of Yoga during your class, every Rung will intertwine with your Asana and your Meditation.


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