“Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.” Amit Ray
Sometimes those who do not know better confuse yoga with religion and in that process lose out on leading a healthy life at both physical and mental level. The fact is Yoga is not a religion but a way life and a chosen a lifestyle also known as the yogic way. It is astonishing this ancient tradition has endured and evolved for over 5000 years and in that process guided mankind to choose a serene way of life. Many experts call yoga science because it deals with our body and mind and the truly reveling part lies in its simplicity and plurality. Yoga is for everyone and anyone who choose to lead a life of self-discipline and situational awareness. Yoga is a process that is harmonious and can be practiced with any religion because that is yogic philosophy. It is a way to find the inner good in us by using various techniques or asanas which can be easily be followed by anyone and everyone. Yoga is a timeless art and can be practiced by any age group with their own selective techniques, suited to their lifestyle.
“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” Patañjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Now it has been established yoga is a way of life and a lifestyle to elevate your physical and cerebral strength, all one has to do is find a group of likeminded people who share your values and start practicing. Yoga is simple and one can start with simple asanas/poses like Pranayama which is higher and evolved from of breathing to improve better blood circulation and movement of oxygen in our body. Yoga is defiantly a life style choice but is not commercially demanding like other exercises where one has to buy certain accessories. If you are a yoga enthusiast all you need is a mat and place, preferably open and began practicing various postures and breathing exercises so you van harmonize body, mind, and spirit.
Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam
The above Sanskrit prose is taken from Bhagavad Gita, and it means “Yoga is perfection in action.” In this fast paced world situational awareness is a must in personal and professional life and a yogi can efficiently glide through these motions with total awareness and calm. When every action is guided by awareness, it leads to perfection and gives us strength and balance to react to any situation on our terms. Yoga gives our brain that extra bit of time to compute the real problem and stops us from being a reactionary and that is very helpful in becoming a better student, professional and a parent. It does not matter what your life style is. Yoga brings in a value addition at every level and enhances the quality of your life.
“Yoga means an addition – addition of energy, strength, and beauty to a body, mind and soul.” Amit Ray,
When yoga is embraced as a lifestyle it acts a powerful counter-balance to fight stress and help us lead a relaxed life. Those who have accepted yoga as a true body science are now leading a life devoid of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, back pains, obesity, migraine, depression, drug addictions and cardiac problems. Yoga does not have the power to address all our problems but the benefits are immense 15 – 30 minutes practice every day helps prevent many life style diseases. Plus yoga also improves your spirituality because of its ultimate purpose, when it was being developed in ancient Indian culture, was to integrate yoga into everyday life so the body, mind, and spirit harmonize and has the direct impact on our society.