By Gopi Rao Around the world, many people wonder about the purpose of yoga today. Yet, the practice of yoga has become more and more widespread in the last two decades. Primarily advanced as a healthy, less strenuous form of exercise, yoga's popularity is due in large part to the fit and actively healthy life [...]
Yoga has always contained ethical guidelines and methods for people to co-exist in harmony. The Yamas and Niyamas have changed a little...
Selfless Service, which we know as Karma Yoga can be practiced by anyone. It does not matter, which religion you practice; that is entirely your own prerogative.
In terms of a Yoga class, a practice that weaves together specific pranayama techniques into a flowing sequence of challenging Yoga asanas will demand a student’s complete attention. As the mind settles into one-pointed awareness, the ability to rationally analyze every moment will diminish and the tactile, intuitive part of the mind will become more dominant. In this way, creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems will arise from within.
Perhaps one unacquainted with yoga could compliment a yoga practitioner friend on that skill, who could share what he or she has learned about nonattachment from yoga – therein bringing another into the essential practice. From there, a cycle of creative communal adjustment to each moment as it comes could continue and grow – and, I believe, the world could spin around a little more easily as a result.
By challenging both mind and body, Yoga is able to provide restorative revitalizing properties of other physical forms of activity without the high impact and stress of other sports, or the anxiety that comes with just starting out.