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Is there a deeper and profound purpose behind the practice of Yoga?

Can the yoga class practice of physical postures be the way to get lasting inner peace? 

Could the Yoga tradition that has been passed on since ancient times be only about the physical postures, gaining physical beauty and fitness and maybe little peace for the time being?

What is Yoga about?

Is Yoga only about finding stress relief albeit for a short time, improving flexibility, relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression, or a cure for insomnia? 

 

Spiritual practice(s) that lead us closer to the higher truth, is “Yoga”

Understand and lead a life according to the philosophy of Yoga. Philosophy of Yoga comprises of:

Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras: This text includes description of Ashtānga Yoga - eight limbs of Yoga, how to practice Kriyā Yoga to get rid of the afflictions and coloring of the mind.

Bhagavad Gitā: Spiritual practices - Yoga for everyday life. Role of intense attachments and aversions in one’s life, practice of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Rāja Yoga, Jñāna (Gñāna) Yoga and how to apply these teachings of Yoga in one’s daily life. 

What is the importance of Sanskrit language in the practice of Yoga?

There is a deep, rich philosophy behind āsana/prāṇāyāma - physical practice of Yoga and Sanskrit is the language by which that philosophy lives, breathes, and flows. 

Sanskrit is a very precise language.
If pronounced incorrectly, the word has absolutely no meaning or can even have a completely different meaning than the intended one! 

This guidebook teaches how to read Sanskrit words using English script. Also, pronunciations guide is included at the beginning of each chapter and glossary of Yoga terminology is included to facilitate and promote correct pronunciations.

What are the different symbols used in yoga?

What do different images and symbols signify -- beautiful symbols and images freely and widely used in association with Yoga? 

Why it is very important to understand profound symbolism?

  • It will help prevent cultural misappropriation. 
  • Understanding symbolism will help one connect with the commonly used symbols in Yoga at a deeper spiritual level. 

Why and how to correctly chant "Mantra"?

What is the meaning of the word "mantra"? 

Why should the mantras be chanted with correct intonation, pitch and correct pronunciation? 

What is "mantra shakti"? and how does one benefit from the energy and vibrations of properly chated mantras?  

What is the "mind"? What is the vision of Vedānta?

What Yoga teaches us and Vedānta helps us to understand is that we are not merely the personality, made up of physical body, breath and the mind. 

This book explains the vision of Vedānta. Step by step teachings of Vedānta helps to understand profound words like "Ishvara, māyā, guṇa (3 qualitites), and to learn about the layers of personality - sharīra trayam (3 bodies) pancha kosha (5 layers/sheaths). 

Proper understanding of these terms as taught by the Rishis in the Vedas, specifically in the Upanishads, will facilitate the study of Yogic wisdom.