Yoga is the science of right living, and is intended to be incorporated in daily life as it works on all aspects of the person – the physical, psychological and spiritual.
Yoga is mistaken to be a physical practice and an exercise regimen, focusing only on the fitness and wellness of the body.
How does an average person get access to the very important authentic spiritual teaching of Yoga on fitness and wellness of the mind?
This user friendly guidebook helps a person interested in the complete system of Yoga -- the mental and the spiritual aspect, to understand the wisdom of Yoga as presented in the traditional teachings.
Shrinking attention spans, cognitive deficits and shallow thinking increasingly rule the day. Happiness or misery, success or failure depends upon the mind. As you think, so you become. Mastery of mind means success in all fields of life.
We have been given a wonderful instrument “the mind”, but we are deprived of its full benefit. It is very obvious that we need to discipline and train our mind.
As the Upanishad point out “peace cannot be created; peace is your natural state. You create agitation and disturb peace. Where is the agitation created? – In the mind. You keep giving momentum to the thoughts, because you do not have mastery over the mind.”
True Yoga is about evolution. It is about gaining maturity. It is about moving from functioning at the instinctive level, to being a person leading a life of values and morals, to becoming a mature person ready to discover the essence of one’s own existence.
In order to understand what Yoga is, it is crucial to understand the philosophy of Yoga.
Without any awareness of the higher goals of Yoga, the physical practice of yoga on its own cannot be called Yoga, and is incomplete. Āsana practice can just be a form of exercise, aerobics, gymnastics OR āsana practice can be a gateway to deeper spiritual teachings with a proper background of the Yogic wisdom.
Systematic study of the philosophy of Yoga alone will help keep the authenticity of the teachings of Yoga.
It is our duty and responsibility to keep the authenticity of these teachings and pass them to future generations without diluting or destroying the essence of Yoga.
Yoga philosophy teachings - teachings from Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gitā address the mind and its relationship to one’s spiritual growth, an issue that is greatly pertinent in this day and age and of great importance for our future genreations!