Many people think all I do is stand on my head in my free time...
Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy standing on my head. But yoga is not just "stretching" or acrobatics. In fact, yoga is the integration of the spirit, it's the process of becoming whole at the spiritual level… in essence, here is the best definition of yoga that I've found:
So therefore, a yogi is a person who practices spiritual traditions… A yogi is adept at meditation, among other things… not just twisting our arms and legs into pretzel like positions. You may have a preconceived notion on what meditation is as well… try these words on for size and see how they fit: Meditation is the direct means of becoming integrated with one's truest, deepest self. All of this information can be garnered from the best known of all yogic literature, the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita explores the war within, the "struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage." If you practice yoga and you have not read the Gita, it's time to do so. Eknath Easwaran has, in my opinion, the most qualified and relatable translation. What it's not is a system of philosophy or religion. It offers something to every truth seeker and is in essence a practical handbook for self-realization and a guide to action. Easwaran explains, "The Gita places human destiny entirely in human hands. It's world is not deterministic, but neither is it an expression of blind chance: we shape ourselves and our world by what we believe and think and act on, whether for good or for ill."
Now… notice how reading these words makes you feel. Some folks will have already stopped reading. Are you having a strong emotional reaction? Reason and logic are loud, they want to be heard. What does the heart have to say about this? Maybe you don't know… maybe you could sit for a moment, listen and find out.
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