BACK Expressions of Spirit - Yoga
"One reason we cherish our yoga practice (apart from health
benefits) is that it provides an island of healing, a time of peaceful
detachment from the pressures and conflicts of life in the material
"The point in yoga isn’t to tie your body in a knot; it’s to
use the body to purify and study yourself, beginning with what you can
see – your leg in Trikonasana – and progressing to what you can’t
see - your breath and the movement of your mind."
"Yoga movement is designed to unblock the subtle energies in the
body and enable the practitioner to align body, mind, and breath, thus
facilitating evolution towards higher awareness.
"Whether you attain any particular pose becomes irrelevant once
you make a commitment to honor and respect where you really are. When
you practice with such honesty, your progress to physical mastery
becomes a process that constantly brings you back to your true
"The Bhagavad Gita recognized that there were four major reasons
that people sought out yoga. From lowest to highest, the Gita ranked
these into four categories: the desire to reduce pain, the desire to
feel better, the desire to gain power (internal and external) over our
lives, and finally the desire to achieve spiritual discrimination."
"In classical yoga, meditation and postures go hand in hand. …
With postures, you are also training equanimity, and you are training
the mind to become focused. You’re using the body as the object of
that focus. You’re also training awareness. You’re conditioning the
mind to scan to see how things shift, to see the ebb and flow of energy
in the subtle body."
"Asanas have become the tools for opening the
heart to compassion and devotion; for studying the flows of breath and
energy; for gently releasing the classic spiritual obstacles of greed,
hatred, delusion, egoism, and attachment. The poses, used appropriately,
can be paths that lead us deeper into the true Self – and that, after
all, is what yoga has always been about."
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