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|What is Yoga?
Yoga means "union" and aims at the realization of the unity
of our whole being. It is a Hindu
disciplineaimed at achieving a state of perfect spiritual insight and
tranquility. In the West, the term is most commonly understood as the
physical exercises that are practiced as part of this discipline.
Yoga if done with the correct techniques can prove very beneficial in the long run for various physical, mental and spiritual ailments. Yoga can be done at ones own pace and does not necessarily require hard physical exertion as compared to other exercises. A lot of determination and self-control is also required to follow the different styles of yoga. Yoga also means balance in life style.
Yoga is the only means through which the soul gets a link or association with God, who is the truth. By the practice of Yoga, man can control his otherwise fickle sense organs and overcome diverse vile thoughts. Yoga has such great force that, under its influence, even the elements of nature are brought to an elevated state and the right path and peace is established in the world.
The fire of Yoga burns the cage of sin that is around a man. Knowledge becomes purified and Nirvana is directly obtained. From Yoga comes knowledge; knowledge again helps the Yogi.
Yoga is divided into two parts. One is called Abhava, and the other, Mahayoga. Where one's self is meditated upon as zero, and bereft of quality, that is called Abhava. That in which one sees the self as full of bliss and bereft of all impurities, and one with God, is called Mahayoga. The Yogi, by each one, realises his Self. The other Yogas that we read and hear of do not deserve to be ranked with the excellent Mahayoga in which the Yogi finds himself and the whole universe as God. This is the highest of all Yogas.
Yoga is a way of life that includes ethical precepts, dietary prescriptions, and physical exercises. Its practitioners believe that their discipline has the capacity to alter mental and bodily responses, which are normally thought to be far beyond a person's ability to modulate them. During the past 80 years, health professionals in India and the West have begun to investigate the therapeutic potential of yoga. To date, thousands of research studies have been undertaken and have shown that with the practice of yogic meditation a person can, indeed, learn to control such physiologic parameters as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory function, metabolic rate, skin resistance, brain waves, body temperature, and many other bodily functions.
Principles to understand the aspects of Yoga.
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