The concept and meaning of YOGA 2
Another classic definition of YOGA is “to be one with the divine.” It does not matter what name you use for the divine – God, Allah, Isvara or whatever – anything that brings you closer to understanding that there is a power higher and greater than your self is yoga. When we feel in harmony with that higher power, that too is yoga.
Yoga has its roots in Indian thought, but its content is universal because it is about the means which we can make the changes we desire in our lives. The actual practise of yoga takes each person in a different direction. The practice of yoga only requires you to act and be attentive to our actions. We are all required to pay careful attention to the direction we are taking so that we know where we are going, and how we are going to get there; this careful observation will enable us to discover something new. Whether this discovery leads to a better understanding of God, to greater contentment, or to a new goal is a completely personal matter.
When we begin discussing asanas, the physical exercises of yoga, we shall see how the various ideas implicit in the meaning of the word yoga can be incorporated into our practice. Where you begin depends on your personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another. You can also start with pranayama, feeling the breath as the movement of our practice should begin.
We begin where we are
and how we are,
and whatever happens,
The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing that we are made of body, breath, mind, and more.
In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali emphasizes all aspects of human life, including our relationships with others, our behavior, our health, our breathing and our meditation path.
Love, yoga and wisdom