India is celebrated its third Yoga Day on June 21, 2017. But what is Yoga? We all know it to be a set of asanas, but is that it?
Yoga has been very old. Lord Shiv has often been referred to as the First Yogi or Adi Yogi. The beginnings of Yoga were noticed in the Northern India more than 5000 years ago!
‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yog’ meaning ‘Union’, ‘Togetherness’. It was first mentioned in the Rig Ved.
When we breakdown the word Yoga and try to understand its meaning, it says a lot about what a person is expected to feel, to achieve after practising this art. Some say, Yoga will help you be in sync with your soul, liberate your body and free your mind. The meaning of Yoga differs from person to person but to better understand it, here are five quotes you must read:
1. “Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.”
2. “Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)”
– Elizabeth Gilbert
3. “Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.”
– Amit Ray
4. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
– The Bhagavad Gita
5. “Go from a human doing yoga to a human being yoga.”
– Baron Baptiste
Aren’t these quotes really very meaningful and help us shed the beliefs we held for so long about the practice of Yoga?