Time To Have A Hot Sip Of Yoga To Clear Up Misconceptions

1. What Is Yoga?

Yoga came from a sanskrit word “YOG” which means “union”. It is believed that the cause of all troubles in human life is due to disconnection of self from the supreme self or the God. Yoga is a set of discipline followed in life with an aim to re-unite the self with the universal self. It is a traditional art of living followed in Indian from very ancient times. The male aspirants learning and practising Yoga is called Yogi and the female aspirant is called Yogini.
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An Indian age named Patanjali discovered and collated the various steps of yoga in his famous scripture known as Yoga Sutra around 2,000 years ago. Yoga Sutra is a systematic collection of 195 printed statements describing ethics and moral along with several postures associated with psychic methods which serve as the guide book for aspirants as well as yogis who teach and practice yoga today. There are phrases in Yoga Sutra describing the eight limbs of Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga which are yama (restraint), niyama (observance), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control techniques), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyaan (meditation), and samadhi (enlightenment). Exploring Yoga Sutra helps aspirant to know the essence of life by abiding in the reality or truth. It is required to refine oneself from the outer world before entering into the journey of inward dimension to unite with the true self in samadhi or liberation.

Most of the people engaged in third limb which is basically coded to focus on physical exercises for body purification also known as “Bhoota Suddhi” which is essential to enhance the physical strength and stamina needed for hard course of further practices and meditation.

Pranayama is not just about inhalation and exhalation of air through nose but is a practice to control the flow of prana in the body to create a balance of energy. Prana is a vital force carried by the air that we inhale and when it’s flow is controlled, it has been seen to have a positive impact on the life of people practising yoga in a greater way. Once the prana is controlled, it becomes easier to carry on the rest of the yogic journey.

Yoga is now learned and practised all over the world and so, it became important to establish a set internationally recognized of standards or guidelines which should be followed by Yoga Schools around the world. Yoga Alliance USA is an organization established standards to teaching and learning yoga. It is good to have yoga training in schools registered in and affiliated to Yoga Alliance USA for assured yoga courses which provide maximum benefits and make the aspirants eligible to get registered and certified as Yoga Teacher.

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