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8 months ago

Very nice to see all the wonderful thoughts an prayers.

The traditional view
2 years ago

“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word that means “to join.” Yoga is both union and the way to that union. What do we join through yoga? First, we join our awareness to our own essential being: the spirit whose nature is pure consciousness. In yoga philosophy this is known as the Atman or Self. Next, we join our finite consciousness to the Infinite Consciousness, God, the Supreme Self (Paramatman). In essence they are eternally one.

From "How to Be a Yogi" at: http://www.ocoy.org/original-yoga/how-to-be-a-yogi/yoga/

YOGA-Connecting Mind And soul
2 years ago

Yoga is a practice who keeps your mind and the soul satisfied. With yoga you can be a healthy and happy person. Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual way to attain the inner peace and health.

WHAT IS YOGA
3 years ago

LOVE FOR ALL

3 years ago

For me, yoga has been a life-altering tool that transports me to a
higher place & plane. By releasing body stress and proper breathing
the mind has the opportunity to clear itself allowing for more
inner peace.. i could go on for volumes here...

I started at age 14 during a difficult time, and i believe it "saved"
me from self-destructive options.

I've been blessed with this natural draw that started many years
ago...before it was in vogue...it was a priviledge to teach
and reach many...when the time comes, and my surgery is fully
healed, i will be able to return...

Since i said i could just go on for volumes, i'll gain some
self-control and stop for a little while, now! lol

yoga postures for headache and migraine
4 years ago

Much of our stress is held in our muscles, and learning how to stretch and relax these areas can greatly reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
http://www.fitnesshealthzone.com/yoga/top-10-yoga-poses-for-relieving-headaches-and-shoulder-pain/

4 years ago

Yoga is a key peace to connectivity and meditation for me. It enhances everything, like many have already said. I hope to see a day where yoga is instilled in every single one of our children.

Yoga
4 years ago

For me Yoga is a way of having equilibrium of our body, mind and soul.... You can relax, meditate, things that most of times you don't do and it is very important for our life.

YOGA
4 years ago

HI I*M BROOKE*I*M NEW*YOGA 2 ME IS MY WAY OF GETN AWAY FROM PEOPLE & GETN CLOSER 2 MY MIND BODY & SPIRIT & I ALSO GET CLOSER 2 GOD*I DO IT IN MY BACKYARD BY THE POOL IN THE MORNING AFTER I BRUSH MY TEETH & TAKE A SHOWER & GET READY 4 MY DAY*AS A FORMER GYMNAST I LIKE 2 TWIST UP & STRETCH & IT HELP*S MY ASTHMA & HELP*S ME THINK ABOUT WHAT I NEED 2 DO 2 BETTER MYSELF THE PLANET ANIMALS & THE ENVIRONMENT*THIS SOUND*S CRAZY BUT I TAKE MY HAMSTER*GUINEA PIG*HEDGEHOG*HUSKY & MY BUNNY MILKSHAKE OUTSIDE W ME & THEY LIKE IT*THEY HAVE A RUG THEY LAY ON & MOST OF THEM FALL ASLEEP*I HAVE NO BOYFRIEND HUSBAND OR KID*S SO I LV IT WHEN ME & MY CRITTER*S R 2GETHER*IT MEANS EVERYTHING 2 ME*THEY R MY BABY*S*ANYONE FROM MY NECK OF THE WOOD*S (HELSINKIRANTA,LANSI-SUOMEN LAANI-FINLAND)BROOKE****



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4 years ago

 Namaste Roshani
It's wonderful that you've had such good results with yoga! Many thanks for sharing this valuable information and links.
Cheers, Jenny



This post was modified from its original form on 26 Jan, 11:45
Yoga is spiritual
4 years ago

Om....

Pranam friends,

How are you all? I hope you are all very fine because of Yoga. Am I right?


I just want to share about Pranayam and its importance. You know friends I was suffered from Arthritis since 4 years. Dr. said that no treatment for this disease only they give me painkiller in the form of steroid. Without medicine I couldn't hold anything even also walk. Sleeping is also very difficult for me. I know that painkiller is not good for body but I had no solution at that time. After 3 months I took Aurwedik medicine but finally after meeting with baba Naagraj ji I saw some hope. And I took regularly Aurwedik medicine and slowly I leave Allopathic medicine. And doing also Yoga. You can't believe that within one month I get result from Yoga and now I leave also Aurwedic medicine. Now I got permanent, believable and spiritual cure for this disease, not only this disease but yoga and Pranayam can cure every type of disease. Yes one thing I want from you, Hope and Believe.

Please friends never leave hope and never be depressed in life because if problem is present then solution is also present.

Please watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e77exc7ukI

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Pranayam arouses the internal energy of a person and makes him healthy, balanced and active. The seven-step pranayam package is sufficient along with daily routine.


The whole process takes around 45 minutes and the duration can be increased up to two hours also. Morning time is ideal for its practice. Take bath and wear loose clothes. Sit straight; keep the neck and head absolutely straight. If a person cannot sit on floor due to some reasons then you can sit on chair. The body should be stable and spine should be straight. This seven-step pranayam package can be followed daily to maintain good health.

1. Bhastrika: Take deep breathes and fill the lungs with air and then exhale. Take deep breath but do not fill the air in the stomach. Air should be filled up to the diaphragm. Inhale deeply and exhale completely so that the lungs become free of air. Do not stop the breath. This is one step. Repeat in this manner several times. However, the patients of high blood pressure and heart patients should do it slowly. During this breathing exercise, imagine that you are throwing all the disorders present in your body. The mind is becoming pure and pious. Practice pranayam from three to five minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_FeCkrwIXs

2. Kapalbhati: Do not pay attention on inhaling and exhaling.Breathe in normally and let the air go inside and then exhale. Exhale the air filled in the stomach. Make the process fast and repeat it ten to 15 times. Imagine that the diseases and mental thoughts are being overcome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYFf0KE1o8E&feature=channel

3. Bahya pranayam: Keep the hands on the knees; bend the chin and try to touch the upper portion of the chest and the chest should be stretched. The stomach muscles should be pulled inside.


The muscles of groin area should also be pulled inside. Then breathe out completely like Kapalbhati. Imagine that the disorders are going out of the body while breathing out. The time taken for each repetition is 15 seconds and this should be done for at least three minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrCuWpHsQ8s

4. Anulom-Vilom: Close the right nostril with the right thumb and breathe in from left nostril. Then close the left nostril with the little finger and ring finger and breathe out from right nostril. Breathe in and breathe out completely and deeply. Imagine that the divine energy is coming inside you and the disorders present in the body are going out of the body. Begin from five minutes and increase the duration up to 15 minutes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOtOJLO2GE

5. Brahmari: Take a deep breathe.Press the inside edges of the eyes with the middle fingers and breathe in with the sound of a honeybee. Breathe out and chant Omkar. Breathe out and then breathe in and repeat the process with Omkar sound. Repeat this pranayam 11 times and increase it up to 21 times. Breathe in and breathe out and imagine that the divine energy is entering into the body.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmvKqv9Koa4&feature=channel

6. Udgeet: In this pranayam one has to concentrate on inhaling and exhaling and try to concentrate the mind. Breathe normally and chant Aum. The breathing should be so simple that the sound of breath should not be heard and even cotton kept in front of the nose should not move. Chant Aum and visualize it while practicing this pranayam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hjj_SI7mWo (in Hindi )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCcqy2OAAY4&playnext=1&list=PL59AC158B03CE02E3&index=18 (in Eng.)

7. Meditative pose: Concentrate the mind on inhaling and exhaling and think of god. God has created our eyebrows, eyes, nose, ears, lips, heart etc. in Aum shape (Hindi word). Imagine the presence of god in every particle and meditate. Deeper the experience, deeper the physical, mental and spiritual energy. Pranayam overcomes the physical disorders, gives good health and the devotee proceeds on the path of spirituality.

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(SOURCES- http://www.yogsandesh.org/articles/158/1/Wonders-of-Seven-Steps-Pranayam/Page1.html)

Ok dear friends this is only just information if you want to do Yoga and Pranayaam (is very Impotant) then please contact good Yoga teacher in your area.
Thank you

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WONDERFUL
4 years ago

YOGA IS THE MOST HEALTHY PRACTICE I KNOW OF...AND ON MY OTHER SITE (FACEBOOK) THERE ARE SOOO MANY PRACTICIONERS THAT ARE VERY HELPFUL IN BRINGING TIS HEALTHY WAY OF KEEPING THE SOUL9BODY) FIT AND TRIM, AND ENERGETIC,THROUGHOUT EACH DAY...MAHALO(THANK YOU TO ALL YOGA INSTRUCTERS WHO TAKE THE TIME TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH THE MASSES ..MAY CREATOR GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY ...

"SEEING OTHERS THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD" ( A lesson in Vision) By Kuuipo Makalani
SEEING OTHERS THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD
August 16,2009

Reposted by request

December 18,2009

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
(1Corinthians 13:7
“Let us fix our eyes on Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

“Dear Hearts, we are now God's children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when The Lord and Saviour is revealed, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.” (1John 3:2)

“For those whom He knew beforehand He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ, so that He would be the first born among many brethren;” (Romans 8;2)

Here in these verses love and faith are joined to declare the awesome future that awaits us who are the children of the Most High God.

Our Lord and Saviours kind of love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and enduring.

Because from Our Lord and Saviours Eternal perspective He sees us not in our imperfect state as we are now, but He sees us as we will be in His Eternal Kingdom.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as the author and the perfecter of our faith could endure all that he endured including the cross because he had a faith vision of what would be accomplished.

We are God's beloved children (John 3:16-17) and what we will be has not been revealed as of yet. In other words we are not there yet, but we will be there one day. We will be conformed into His image. To the image of Jesus our Lord and Saviour

Our Lord knows who His children are. His children are those who will respond to the Gospel and will be born again. He is outside our realm of time and space, and He is the Eternal Creator. He knows the end from the beginning.

Our Lord and Saviours love provokes us to see the potential in others, who are in Christ, Our Lords kind of love will help us not to focus the imperfections that can be so difficult to over look , and we begin to see the potential that belongs to a child of God.

What if when we while raising our children all we ever did was focus on their failures? What if we always reminded them of how imperfect they are?
What if we only focused on how badly our one year old walks or talks, only focused on how they are today. This would be cruel and abusive to treat any child like this.

We know in our hearts the potential that is in that small child and we help them to enter into their potential. We encourage them, and we do everything in our power to help them.

Prayer: Heavenly Father help us to see others the way you do. We repent for focusing on the weaknesses and failures of others, and for not looking at others through the eyes of love which always sees the potential of what we all will become through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Jesus name Amen

PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR,
KUUIPO

What is Yoga to me
4 years ago

I began yoga for core body strength and was delighted when I realized that after working through the first year of mostly daily practice I did not experience seasonal highs and lows emotionally. Today I find myself looking forward to my yoga practice and enjoying the peace and centeredness it gives me.

yoga
4 years ago

Yoga is the breath of my life. I'm not sure I could survive without it. It's how I stay sane and keep from going over the edge. It also helps me find a few moments of peace in my day. Physically it also helps me from being in pain.

Yoga
4 years ago

is my way of life.

Thank-you.

Yoga my way
4 years ago

Yoga is the only way that I stay grounded in this crazy world. I will forever be thankful to Mark Stephens who wrote Teaching Yoga. I received it as a gift and my life has never been the same.

Yoga
4 years ago

Yoga is the important part of my life. I like it and practice yoga many years. It give me the way to my Spiritual Ego...

4 years ago

I start Yoga just by accident but I believe I found treasure. Yoga is always can relax my mind and body, make my life more healthy. I'm current doing hot Yoga, this can keep me slim, have good body shape.

 

Yoga to me is
4 years ago

I feel the same peacefulness doing Yoga as I do when Im hiking...closer to nature and very grounded.

Yoga to m is......
4 years ago

I have fibromyalgia & doing yoga has helped keep me mobile, helps me from getting stiff plus it's relaxing & helps the stress in my life

Yoga
4 years ago

Yoga, for me, has been a complete lifestyle change.  I am happier, healthier, more creative, more loving, and more productive than I was prior to learning about the union of my mind, body, and soul.

What yoga is to me
4 years ago

Yoga to me is a natural stress reliever.  I find that after I do my daily yoga routine I am happier, less stressed, my back pain is gone and  I have a whole new outlook on life since I began doing yoga. I find it AMAZING! To sum up what I think about it- I LOVE yoga!

Anonymous
Lots of things
5 years ago

Yoga started out as a way to spend time with my sister. She's a teacher and I started a few years ago by attending her class. Over the years I've lapsed in and out of yoga but its always been a way to retreat into relaxation and a way to reconnect with my body. Also I often view it as a treat for my body after all the stuff I put it through. More than anything its simply something I enjoy doing.

Anonymous
yoga
5 years ago

Yoga is my escape from normal life. It cleans my mind for other things.

Yoga - Link
5 years ago

yoga is the union of the soul to the Super-soul. it is about meditation and easiest meditation in this "age" is by "bhakti", devotional service to the Supreme Lord, by chanting His holy Names...it is said "In this age of quarrel, chaos, and confusions, there is no other way, no other way, no other way, than the chanting and singing of the Holy Names of God".

Anonymous
5 years ago

i think toga helps u balance ur mnd and just lets u forget all ur problems and it's also very peaceful

Yoga To Free Your Being
5 years ago

Yoga means release of inner self, it provides the true means to know oneself. Yoga makes the path of enlightenment easier. It makes a being complete in itself.

5 years ago

Yoga is simply my escape.

What is yoga - my perception
5 years ago
Yoga is commonly thought of to be a secular discipline consisting various sitting postures and breathing exercises for improving psychological and physical health. While yoga certainly does provide these benefits, in its true definition, yoga means union of the soul with God. 
5 years ago

one of the only 'subjects' that really knows me.. maybe better than me.

Let me use the computer jargon..
5 years ago

Oh simple. It is DEFRAGMENTOR of individual life. In other words yoga defrags our life.

What is yoga?
5 years ago

Yoga is a to stay centered and refocus my attention to what is truly important.

5 years ago

Sanctuary

What is yoga?
5 years ago

Yoga means union, thus the symbol of a yoke which can give some people the wrong idea. It is not about any one philosophy or practice, but about using any methods, to intentionally release ourselves from the theater of duality, and know directly what religions only talk about.

5 years ago

To me... yoga is a practice of embracing focused breathe and strength in motion. I strive to improve my practice and bring that improvement off the "yoga mat" and into my daily life... it truly centers me with 1 pure aspiration.

5 years ago

To me yoga is my life energy. It gives me peace and touches my mind and spirit. It also plays a key role in my health. I love doing yoga and it has kept me young mentally, spirituality, and physically.

Yoga
5 years ago

For me Yoga is a spiritual science .

Mind is involved in almost all the diseases and ,therefore ,most of the diseases are psychosomatic in nature

Practising yoga is an excellent preventive measure. It increases immunity.It works as a tonic.

The best way
5 years ago

to start the day with a smile and to keep fit inside out. 

Anonymous
the real self
5 years ago

Yoga is a connection to the real self- my own true self and others' true selves.
Yoga is a means of expressing deeply felt emotion without the need for words.  It lifts the veil of judgement.
Yoga is the opportunity for a positive experience of community.

What is Yoga to Me?
5 years ago

Yoga is the beginning to me.  It is where I discovered physical and spiritual enlightenment and where I continue to do so.  It will be a part of my growth through out life.

Nemeste

5 years ago

To me yoga is more then an exercise but a way of life. Yoga gives me the time to stop, clear my head, breathe, and just be.

Anonymous
YOGA IS HEALTH WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER AREAS
5 years ago

YOGA cannot stand alone.

YOGA___DIET___other conscious effort to Life.

Yoga is a portion of Who I am and Who I am becoming.

Anonymous
yoga means union of body with soul
5 years ago

whatever yoga we do in our times even as experts; wise men in previous ages used to start with that.
when yoga helps us in so many amazing ways, just imagine its power if we could us it to make more out of brains, or control the forces of nature around us, just have a thought. well some buddhist monks are really close to these wills.
meditation should be used in continuation with yoga.
for more info; goto www.divyayoga.com

Yoga
5 years ago

It's a while since I've been able to post on here for various reasons, but I've recently found myself working in a new city (Sheffield) and renting a place not five minutes from a dedicated Iyengar Yoga Centre.

I'd never tried this branch of yoga before. Indeed, it has mostly been a solitary activity that I do at home, so to find myself able to attend a class and learn from a teacher has been something of a revelation to me. I've been going for around 4 months now and it has benefitted me greatly.

Also, whilst home and off work this week, I sought out one of the daytime yoga classes at the gym I'm a member of. I'd attended a couple of them before, but was never really that impressed. However, the one I attended was described by the teacher as yin/yang yoga which is something I'd never heard of.

Which sort of brings me to the main purpose of my post here, which is to ask if anyone knows anything about this type of yoga, as a Google search didn't turn much up.

Thanks.

Tony

Anonymous
What is Yoga? workshop
5 years ago

So many people have asked me this... A What is Yoga? Workshop is hosted @ Green Monkey, A Balanced Living Company in Miami, FL on the second saturday of every month. The Green Monkey Tree House begin with a lecture explaining the origin, history, language, benefits, etc. and then follow with a beginner's yoga class. Instructors enjoy teaching "new monkeys" about yoga and what it means to them. To me, yoga means balance, wellness, peace & health.

How Yoga changed my life.
5 years ago

The first time I tried Yoga, I was extremely invigorated and tired ! It was one of the greatest experience in my life because I was getting to know myself from every angle: including the relationship with myself which needed some tune up ! I feel that praying and Yoga should be combine for the reasons that your body and soul are one: to explore and to be thankful for.



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Yoga is my life.
5 years ago

I only begin  learning English and sorry for my mistakes. I do kundalini yoga for six month and after every exercise  I find and open for me something new. Yoga is my life. Yoga open my heart. Yoga teach to love.

What is Yoga?
6 years ago

Yoga relaxes and energizes me all at the same time.  After I do yoga I feel like I've just had a massage.  I've been hearing about yoga journeys.  What is a yoga journey?

yoga
6 years ago

Yoga is my livelyhood. I've been doing Hot Yoga now for 14yrs & it's a true passion in my life. I try to practice my deap breathing even while working or sitting at my desk. It helps keep me calm & focused on what I'm doing at that moment. Yoga has given me a core strength that I never knew I had before. We always underestimate ourselves. I'm learning to love myself through the yoga & to see my body just the way it is. No one can take away my peace. These things I have learned through the practice of hot yoga & I'm truely grateful.

Leah

What Yoga is to me-
6 years ago

To me Yoga is a path to help me better understand myself and the world around me. It helps me make better choices as I connect more deeply with this experience called Life.

Namaste,

Angela

What is yoga to me
6 years ago

Yoga to me is a way of healing, relaxing and exercise. I used to think it was just stretching. Now I am more balanced and relaxed. It heals me because I am so busy and the movements release pent up anxiety in my body. I also have some minor back problems that seem to just go away when I do yoga. Yoga makes me feel great and I am ready for the day.

Namaste

What is Yoga?
6 years ago

To me ait is more than healing, it is a way of life, that I am trying to do and become. When I was in high school, a friend got me to try it.I am still limber, but I am still trying to become a vegetarian. I also think that it is a way of life as well. Has anyone taken the "What's Your Dosha" test? it's on Deepack Chopra's website-chopra.com and whatsyourdosha.com Both tests are realy good, and you learn a lot about yourself when you have taken the test.  

 Namaste Christine




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What is Yoga to me?
6 years ago

I am new to Yoga, I can only express what Yoga means to me from my experiences in doing it. I know their are many different types of Yoga and I really don't know the special name for my type of Yoga. I know Yoga is a sanskrit term which I believe means prana or breathe, I have learned to breathe properly with deep diaghram breathing rather than my chest breathe. Yes, the fight or flight breathing, and breathing through the nose - cool intake and warm exhale.

Bringing to life different areas of my body, as I breathe and massage to bring blood to those areas. I now through these exercises am able to get my socks on my feet - before I was unable too. I have several restrictions because of artritist in my fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders. I partipate when I feel I can - when I can't I sit still and observe. I know that I should attempt to duplicate the instructor as closly as I can, that is if I can.

Yoga is for me in limitation, as my Doctor has told me that I just have to live with what I have. Yoga has given me a new hope for my improvement of my limitations. Yes, an improvement in my health.

6 years ago

Yoga means "Union" or "to Yoke." Contrary to seemingly popular belief, Yoga is not "a religion," nor is it "just stretches," or just a "Form of Exercise." Yoga is an ancient philosophical, artistic, and scientific practice that is believed to have originated in India approximately 6,000 years ago. Yoga is for the balance and harmonization of the body, mind, and spirit. Traditionally, the physical aspects of yoga are practiced to put one’s body in the optimal condition for meditation, as well as to keep healthy and balanced over all. But mainly, Yoga is a state of being.

The above would be my formal answer. Personally, yoga has been my teacher and an inspiration. It has helped me to heal myself in many ways and to better my life.

What is yoga?
6 years ago

To me, Yoga is releasing the inner tensions in the mind, body and soul. ( Honestly, I'm not that sure, I'm just trying to sound smart=)

Communion with God the Father
6 years ago

It is only by awakening the kundalini that one can say in truth, that they have obtained any spiritual enlightenment. One must  go into deep meditation to obtain this.

 Namaste. Janet

Anonymous
6 years ago

getting mind/body/soul be as one.  Honestly I am not sure.  Would like to learn  

New to yoga
6 years ago

but yoga to me is clearing your heart and mind of all the outside stresses and worries.Freeing your mind,body ,and spirit to be completely one with the Godhead.Allowing the spirit to move through you to make you positive and pure.

6 years ago

yoga is for me a way of life that can help me to achieve a wholesome relationship between body, mind and surrounding.

Yoga?
6 years ago

It's a way of life that joins the physical and the spiritual. Valerie

6 years ago

yoga -- yes, yoking.  union. 

in the simple sense, it's a union between the human self and the divine source from which everything comes.

in a deeper sense, there are yogas, high-energy spiritual practices, which can be undertaken to complete that process of union. ie, to be alive in a physical body but not limited by the normal consciousness but rather dissolved in the universal, divine consciousness.

these are more meditation practices, less about physical asanas.

there's a great line from the Bhagavad Gita, a kind of Bible in India, that says: "established in yoga, perform action."

in other words, "from the position of union with god, do your work.  then you really know it's god acting through you, not you yourself doing, thinking, being."

personally, I love that.

Alx


Anonymous
Yoga means
6 years ago

"yoke" literally, doesn't it? It's a system to unify various energy vortices that make up what we "are"--the physical, astral, mental, layer cake that is the human form.

yoga is
6 years ago

healing

Anonymous
Yoga is...
6 years ago

Yoga is a phenomenon, and everyone who has an experience, has his own vision of it...

For me, Yoga is one more way for Meditation. It is a possibility to spread my attention in and out and at the same time  still have a deep feeling of my body.

Yoga is
6 years ago

Union of Mind,Body & Spirit. 

Joy
6 years ago

Yoga is being present.  What better way to be, be doing, be thinking, simply being? 

a word
6 years ago

Yoga as a word has many meanings depending on the context of its use.

It is a way of life, a path, not necessarily describing a particular type, style or method of attaining enlightenment.

We all have the path which is most suited by our consitution and character developed by our environmental experience. That which works for one may not be the best for another.

We can try to judge and value many styles, saying one is higher or lower inconsequential, in the Absolute they all lead to the same goal - the realization of being One.

Follow that which is true to you.

Love & light

t



This post was modified from its original form on 24 Sep, 6:46
6 years ago

Just for clarification yoga is the linking up of the individual soul with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  It is not a merger.  In reality the individual living beings and bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, are eternal.  The highest form of yoga, bhakti yoga revives the loving relationship between the two.  All other lower forms of yoga lead one gradually to the understanding of the need to surrender our will to the will of God.

When one surrenders their will they can begin the process of devotional service to the Lord.  Devotional service removes the anarthas (unwanted things) from the heart and mind and allows us to begin to see the spiritual side of life clearly. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna has many wonderful Names.  In this age, called kali (characterized by quarrel and ignorance) the easiest and most sublime meathod of reviving our Krishna consciousness is to say and hear the Names of the Absolute Truth, God. This is commonly called mantra meditation. This mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare works well with other forms of yoga such as hatha, jnana, and karma.

I am new to this site and I feel blessed to have your association.

Gaura-mani das

What is Yoga?
6 years ago

'Yoga' is a word of Sanskrit origin and means union or unification.

The question of union appears only in the event of separation of something from something. What are those two somethings which have separated from each other and, therefore, need to unite? Spirituality's answer to this is: they are 'atma' (individual soul) and 'paramatma' (the Supreme Soul i.e. the God). The soul is in fact an inseparable part of the God, can never be separated from it...it, however, appears to be separated because of some illusory veils that have come in between the two so that the soul is not able to see itself in its true form. The soul is, as a matter of fact, the God itself...they are one and the same, not different. But the veils of illusory entities like body, mind, ego etc. appear to create an illusion of separation, to make the soul forget its real nature.

Yoga means the unification or merger of the soul with the Supreme Soul, restoring the Soul to its true form. And all that we do to accomplish this yoga or unification (like meditation etc.) is, in fact, 'yogabhyasa' (practice or practices for effecting that unification), not yoga. So, meditation or the method of kundalini jagaran, or bhakti or karm are 'yogabhyasa', tools or ways to realise the yoga which is the goal or destination, that ultimate phenomenon where the Soul can see itself, can recognise itself, realise that 'It is That (God)'.

Much love & regards!

Pravesh

Yoga related with Body and Mind..!
6 years ago

Yoga means union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices. Lot of people think that yoga is just stretching. It is really creating balance in the body through developing both flexibility and strength.

It can be everything
6 years ago

yoga=unification

Every practice I do that am doing to reach my divine goal is yoga.

Examples:

Reading good books, night walk, swimming, fasting,  physical work, asanasas, early to bed, early wake, forgiveness, moderation, responsibility, sweet and smiling behavior, massage, selfless service, sacrifice, brahmacarii, silence, pranayama, meditation, singing about universal love, demonstrating, pure diet, cleanliness, satya (correct speaking), non-violence, simpleness. And more

 

It is not

Pilgrimage, Idol worshipping, External rituals or prayers, Talkativeness and more

 

It can be everything
6 years ago

yoga=unification

Every practice I do that am doing to reach my divine goal is yoga.

Examples:

Reading good books, night walk, swimming, fasting,  physical work, asanasas, early to bed, early wake, forgiveness, moderation, responsibility, sweet and smiling behavior, massage, selfless service, sacrifice, brahmacarii, silence, pranayama, meditation, singing about universal love, demonstrating, pure diet, cleanliness, satya (correct speaking), non-violence, simpleness. And more

 

It is not

Pilgrimage, Idol worshipping, External rituals or prayers, Talkativeness and more

 

Why I live and breathe yoga life style
6 years ago

Yoga sets my spirit free.My body is my temple and I treat it as such.
I study everyday and always learning something new.

Re: [Yoga Journeys] Question: What is yoga?genral
6 years ago

From: Care2 Groups: Yoga Journeys Mailing List [yoga_journeys-1176014-1271450@groups.care2.com] Sent: 7/16/2008 6:00:34 AM To: vk_gururani@care2.com Subject: [Yoga Journeys] Question: What is yoga? friends whatsri patanjali is says abt yaga ? ( this is not a film stoery wihich always right by only film story maker . YOGA is great and real living story . one always keep this thingh becoz i h respect all yoga institute like patamjali . 8 or more difine facter you get from any where . qution is that what yoga .....what effect that in to human simple any one who does he or she feel after there BODY MIND AND SOUL will chane in to......................AFTER MORE . AND MORE.................................................................... ......... real Bless . thanks vijay yoga definition 4:14 PM Yoga is defined by Sri Patanjali as having eight parts. It concerns purification of the psyche, so that the self can perceive clearly the different levels of reality and make an effort to reach the preferred ones. Those eight parts are : moral principles, favorable behaviors, bodily postures, breath enhancement, introspection, linking to a higher reality, maintaining the link to higher reality effortlessly and maintaining that link for extended periods of time. My translation and commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra is available at this link: www.lulu.com/content/2112537 18 messages in this topic | post via the web | start a topic via the web Group Links home | announcements | discussions | members | email preferences To stop receiving discussion posts from Yoga Journeys, visit: www.care2.com/c2c/groups/unsubscribe/125/21412215 or email to: yoga_journeys-unsubscribe-21412215@groups.care2.com new topic email: yoga_journeys@groups.care2.com owner email: yoga_journeys-owner@groups.care2.com Michael B. Care2 Groups Care2 groups offers tools for keeping in touch with those who share your interests including: * host announcements * member discussions * rss content * group shares To learn more go to C2C Groups Popular Groups Fans of Edward R. Murrow (35 members) Nuestra America Nueva~Our New America (133 members) WOOT! (16 members) Animal Support -India (17 members) What we can do to stop Global Warming (1,679 members) More Popular Groups » Share, Learn, Connect and Make a Difference with Care2 Groups! www.care2.com/c2c/groups _____ To stop receiving this newsletter, visit: www.care2.com/newsletters/unsub/10333/0/21412215/1b0ae013 or send a blank email message to: ng-u-10333-21412215-6635126-11208563-d2d6f753@australia.care2.com Care2.com, Inc. 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 300 Redwood City, CA 94065 www.care2.com

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yoga definition
6 years ago

Yoga is defined by Sri Patanjali as having eight parts. It concerns purification of the psyche, so that the self can perceive clearly the different levels of reality and make an effort to reach the preferred ones.

Those eight parts are : moral principles, favorable behaviors, bodily postures, breath enhancement, introspection, linking to a higher reality, maintaining the link to higher reality effortlessly and maintaining that link for extended periods of time.

My translation and commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra is available at this link:  http://www.lulu.com/content/2112537

ONLY BODY NEVER GET REAL MEDITATION
7 years ago

(I have tried to meditate without doing yoga, but I feel more connected when I prepare my body for meditation by doing yoga.)? i have read this sorry i dont understand what is the mean of above note. Becz yoga is not modren excersize its MORE 500yrs old real human ...Mind Body & Soul........ process which one does by great real peace kind PRAY COMES ONLY OFTER ALL THREE PART BODY MIND & SOUL DEEP MEDITATION. HOPE I M LITTLE RIGHT. VIJAY

Anonymous
Q&A
7 years ago

The Way of Life of the One Who I Am

This indifference is called Yoga
7 years ago
From the Bhagavadgita 2.48.
Established in yoga, perform actions having abandoned attachment,
O wealth-conqueror, having become indifferent to success and failure.
This indifference is called yoga.

From Discover Sanskrit


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Anonymous
Seven Chakras with their qualities
7 years ago
as tought by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Through the awakening of your own Kundalini energy as done here --> http://www.sahajayoga.org by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the state of pure concciousnes without any thought is experienced and cool breeze of the Kundalini energy is felt above your head and on your palms.

After this selfrealization (Atma Sakshatkar, Second Birth,) all your seven chakras can be sensed on your fingertips and through a daily meditation can be cleaned, so that the state of pure conciousness can be reached any time.



Seven Chakras with their qualities from lowest to highest:
1.) Mooladhara (wisdom, purity, fearlessness)
2.) Swadhistana (divine knowledge, pure attention, creativity)
3.) Nabhi (satisfaction, inner peace, own mastery)
4.) Anahat (on the left is the seat of Spirit, feeling of security, pure love)
5.) Vishudhi (pure and none domineering speech)
6.) Agnya (this is the door which Jesus spoke about we all have to pass to reach the Kingdom of God)
7.) Sahasrara (this is the AIM of all Yogas and all pure religions, this is the promised land. Here begins the Kingdom of God Almighty.)

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Anonymous
Yoga is 'connection to Divine' - Sahaja is 'spontaneous'
7 years ago

"Now the last centre is the limbic area. It is topped by the fontanelle bone area, which is the area for our last breakthrough (Brahmarandra). This centre (Sahasrara) is the most important with one thousand petals.  When Kundalini crosses over the seventh centre, she pierces through the fontanelle bone area which again becomes a little softer, as it was in childhood, and this Kundalini joins, or becomes one, and unites with the All-pervading Power of Divine love. As a result, we start feeling the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost on our fingertips, later on our hands, and also out of our fontanelle bone area.  This Kundalini has to ascend and pierce through six subtle centres, which are placed in the spinal cord and in the brain. The last breakthrough is the actualisation of the baptism as one feels the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost emitting out of one's fontanel bone area.  I am what I am. I have been that. I'm not going to grow any more or less. This is an Eternal Personality. It is now for you to get out of Me whatever is possible, to make use of your birth in these Modern Times, to grow to your full maturity, to be able to work out the complete design that the Divine wants to do through you. As soon as the dedication starts you become dynamic. Cling on to that.  So what a terrible situation was there, for Adi Shakti, to assert Herself. Then also there was very big problem about these religions asserting themselves, their own ideas, their own conditionings on people, and absolutely blind. So it was a turmoil. It was a turmoil and at this turmoil state only Adi Shakti had to come to establish the dharma.  Whenever there is danger to Dharma, I am born." Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
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John 14:15-18 "...And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever..."

"Buddha had also spoken of these three Powers: "I will send you Matraiya." Matraiya means "three types of Mothers" - Matain, Ekritya, Matraiya. People did not understand what Matraiya was and so called it Maitreya. Matraiya can only be in Adi Shakti simultaneously." Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Malachi 4:5,6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Jude 20
Acts 2:1-4

Judaism - For the The Sacred Breath that shakes the branches of the Sephorotic Tree of Life.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - Sahaja Yoga
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A new journey...
7 years ago

Yoga:

 I'm new to Yoga, and the benefits that I are receiving are great. It's a new way to expand my spiritual path and to meditate in a new way.

Thanks,

Namaste

Yoga
7 years ago

Broadly speaking each type of Yogi will give a different answer. ie The Raja (Hatha), Bakti, Karma and Gyana Yoga's are very different practices.

For myself Yoga's have allowed me to cultivate the ability to still my mind, to focus my mind on one point without distraction, to strengthen and heal my body, to open my heart, to live in a less egotistical way and with more compassion than I previously lived.

So I thank you Yoga.

  

Anonymous
I LOVE Thomas' answer! :)
7 years ago

One of my goals when I do my sporadic yoga practice to keep my mind as clear as possible and focus completely on the pose and my breathe.

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hmmm....
7 years ago

I will focus n this question,

without distraction.

7 years ago

After suffering from Burnout and having to spend 6 weeks in a "Kurort" near Wiesbaden in Germany I was introduced to Yoga and meditation. I was such a hectic guy running round like a madman at home and work, 24/7, trying to keep everyone happy and doing the exact opposite. Time to chill. I joined a local group and have since become totally fascinated by the whole business. I have never felt so at one with myself and the environment around me. I am here to learn and invite suggestions for an absolute beginner!

7 years ago

Hi Care2 friends, I began doing yoga after my first baby 16 years ago and stuck at it while having my next four!! I am part of a group on wednesday nights and I do it at home with the help of a dvd or video everyday. I feel that it centres me and gives me a deep inner sense of peace and calmness to help me cope with anything life throws at me. Holding the postures for however long you hold them, breathing in and out, concentrating on each movement makes you realise that you can do anything. It is strengthening not just for your body, but for your mind and spirit. I love yoga and the yogic lifestyle (I try to live as ayurvedically as possible and I love my life because of it.

Anonymous
7 years ago
After a strong reaction from a member yesterday, I wanted to refresh this discussion, and expand it a little bit.

What is yoga to you? What do you get out of yoga and meditation?

What do you see the purpose of this group being? What focus are you looking for that may not have been brought up yet?
7 years ago
The modern word in English, yoke, which describes that device which connects an ox to a cart, comes from the Sanskrit word yoga which has to do with connecting the soul with the Supreme Divine Original Being. There are many kinds of yoga now. In the Vedas the most recommended and effective yoga of all is bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. This is because, while I may get great power by practicing yoga, in bhakti I'm protected from my tendency to use my new found powers in a way that will cause any difficulties for another and bad karma for me.
It's pure
7 years ago
To me yoga is a sacred and deeply spiritual expression to strengthen my bond with the core of my being, honour the human body by keeping it healthy and in tune with the Earth, and guiding the brain, heart and soul into a deep meditative state, "Om Tat Sat" in Sanskrit. It also nurtures our compassion for ourselves, our peers, reduces stress and anger, and gives a powerful feeling of peace and connection to life.
Namaste
What is yoga?
7 years ago

Tania, your description of yoga was right on target for me.  Yoga is not just asanas, it is part of the fabric of my life - it is the breath, the mind, the body everywhere, all the time, wherever I am.

I also meditate and am not alway able to do yoga in preparation for meditation.  I find meditation more satisfying after yoga in that I am able to settle in more readily, but that is what the asanas are meant to do - to prepare one's body for meditation.

Good question
7 years ago

For me, yoga is about being aware and living in the moment.  It is about awakening the body, mind and spirit.  It is about surrender and acceptance. 

I find myself being aware of my posture in everyday living: at the grocery store, at work, bathing kids, playing with my children on the playground.  Most of all, I have become aware of my breath. 

I have tried to meditate without doing yoga, but I feel more connected when I prepare my body for meditation by doing yoga.

Yoga for me is a way of life.

Anonymous
Question: What is yoga?
7 years ago
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What is yoga to you?






A broad, open question, I know. But I'm very curious. Please share what yoga is to you.

Namaste