In this world, there are different variety of people who do not have clear understanding about Yoga. So, they have given their own definitions to Yoga. Some say Yoga is Asanas, some say it is Asanas and Pranayama both, some say it is for physical fitness, many others say it is for both physical and mental fitnessThere are many different concepts of Yoga going nowadays, some say Yoga is exercise, some say it is a religion, many say it is a philosophy while some others say it is for mental peace and many others say it is just an idea. Some other people say it is totally a different concept. But what actually Yoga is? Let us see. Actually, The word Yoga has come from the Sanskrit word many centuries before, “YUJ” which means union. It is something that brings you to reality.
Yoga has basically two paths: Bhavana Yoga(1. Gyan Yoga, 2. Bhakti Yoga, 3. Karma Yoga) and Prana samya mana Yoga(1. Ashtanga Yoga, 2. Hatha Yoga). Rest all other types of Yoga that are going nowadays have come from the Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga like Kundalini Yoga is a part of Hatha Yoga only and Raja Yoga also came from Ashtanga Yoga, etc... The Yoga that are prevailing nowadays like Red Yoga, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Sun Yoga, Moon Yoga, etc... is not complete Yoga. The people have taken only Asanas from Yoga and have given different variations to that and named different types in that. But these are not complete Yoga. It is only based on Asanas.
Here, our main focus is on Pranasamya mana Yoga. Because Bhavana Yoga tends to be more religious rather than Pranasamyamana Yoga. So, for nowadays, this type of Yoga is more popular because it is not bounded in religions. There is no word like religion mentioned in this type of yoga as in Bhavana Yoga.
There are 3 types of people in this world: Sattvic, Rajastic and Tamastic. So, Pranasamyamana Yoga is followed by these 3 types of people depending upon what suits their mental level. Those who follow spiritual path are pure sattvic, those who follow mental path, are both sattvic and rajastic mixed, and those who follow the path of physical path are mixed rajastic and tamastic.
|There are different definitions of this word:
1. In Yoga, with the help of Asanas, we connect mind with the body.
2. With the help of Pranayama, we connect mind and breath.
3. With the help of meditation, we tend to connect ourselves with soul.
4. And with deep meditation(Samadhi), we tend to have self-realization. The meaning of word self here is only soul. And meaning of self-realization is to realize, “I am peace, bliss, joy, energy”. Entire universe is one. I am in everyone and everyone is in me.
THIS IS UNION.
Overall all types of Yoga target physically, mentally and spiritually.
Physical benefits of Yoga
With the help of Asanas, we connect mind with this body. Mind which is so disturbed because of too much stress in modern life that it is not aware is not conscious about this physical body. Because of no relaxation , mind is always wondering outside. So when we do Asanas, we focus our mind on stretches of body, breath and then maintaining the final position of asana for a little longer time, our mind acquires stability. With the help of which, our mind becomes conscious of this physical body which helps in healing the body just merely by concentrating on it. Whatever problems we have in our body, those problems gets healed by developing concentration upon them. So, Asanas help in solving physical ailments, increasing stamina and patience, helps to increase concentration, positivity, stability and flexibility. Makes our skin more brighter by purifying the blood inside. Tones up all the internal organs and muscles of the body.
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Mental benefits are achieved more by Pranayama. With the help of Pranayama, our mind focuses on breath, Mind which has a direct connection with breath. By controlling breath, we control mind and by controlling mind, we control breath.
So, in Pranayama, by doing different breathing exercises, by concentrating on breath in them, we tend to control mind by controlling the breath. And by controlling mind, all activities of life comes under our control, we are no longer slave to this mind. As we want, we can live our life as we have capability to control our feelings, emotions, our thought process. This makes our life more happier and peaceful. With the help of this, person learns “Art of Living” only by merely controlling the mind. This is what each and every person requires in their life.
This is one of the main topic in all our Yoga Courses that we emphasize upon and teach each and every person who comes to study Yoga here to teach them, Art of Living.
Spiritual Benefits of Yoga
There are no words to list spiritual benefits of Yoga. Because it is a state of deep meditation and samadhi, where person becomes silent, as there are no physical and mental activities at that stage. Mental level becomes empty at that stage. So, when yogi reaches this stage, there is no mind at that stage to experience what feelings he has there, yogi there experiences everything in his soul. So, because there is no mind at that stage, one cannot explain that stage. Because for explanation, mind is required, feelings are experienced by mind but this stage mind is empty so one cannot list the experience. That is why spiritual path is a very deep path. One cannot explain that, so we are not listing it in detail here because it only our own experience that we have which can be only transferred through feelings and not through words.
I completed my 200 hour Yoga TTC and Kundalini Yoga course in the month of September, 2017. I could feel so many changes in me. I had a habit of taking drugs but after studying the course, i really changed my habits to Sattvic. Also, what we all use to feel that happiness is something that comes from outer world. Here, I learned what is true happiness? Now, i can say and can feel that i am very happy and can feel happiness from inside and doesnot require outer things to keep me happy.
200 Hour Yoga TTC and Kundalini Yoga
I have completed my 500 hour Yoga TTC course in the month of Nov,2017. Before 5 years, i suffered from Diabetes and due to this, i underwent a lot of stress. i could feel everytime i use to hide my real self. I could never express myself the way i am. This very thing always made me feel not good. After completing the yoga course, i was able to recognise and accept real me and could question myself as a neutral person. This was so superb that i started dealing with my problems so nicely. This was the first thing that helped me here to overcome my stress. The best lesson i learned in my Yoga course is Aparigraha. Have as much required. Ask yourself how much you require rather than working unconsciously. I was able to manage my stress effectively.I was deeply benefitted by this program as i learned the right way of living a life.
500 Hour Yoga TTC
Before this course, my aim was only to achieve certificate. But later, this course became such a great experience for me. This course helped me to face myself deeply that how negative i am. But, yes this also helped me to become positive. Learning Yoga here helped me to learn to accept the things as they are. The best part of this course was i could meet Ruchika Sensei, whose lessons had a great impact on my mind. It was great and fantastic to take lectures of her. I would really love to take advance course in the future here.
200 hour Yoga TTC
Before coming here, I thought yoga is stretching body . I used to meditate but thought it was nothing to do with yoga. Now I know meditation is nothing but yoga. Everything I learned here, asana, meditation, pranayama, theory are very useful in a practical life. I feel this brings calmness into my life even if I don't mean to attain samadhi. We can learn something we are missing in today's Japanese society. I will keep learning more deeply and make my life even better.
500 hour Yoga TTC
By studying Yoga here, i learnt to get answer to my questions by developing awareness about them. I could feel the connection in between my body and mind, and keep calm, this is what actually yoga is. I used to be negative about everything before, but now I stopped differentiating people from me because i feel everything is connected with love. Now i accept everything flexibly,be honest to myself and others. This is something i learned through yoga. Yoga is necessary habit for me. inevitable in my life. I will keep practicing. Be strict to myself but not force myself.