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What Can Yoga Do for YOU?

Yes, the West has created a far different style of yoga than its creators had in mind, but are the effects of Americanized Yoga still the same as its origins? From Yogi Master Swami J:

There are four traditional schools of Yoga:

1.    Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of the nature our being by systematically exploring and setting aside false identities.

2.    Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion, and service to God and others. All actions are done in the context of remembering the Divine.

3.    Karma Yoga is the path of action, service to others, mindfulness, and remembering the levels of our being while fulfilling our actions or karma in the world.

4.    Raja Yoga is a comprehensive method that emphasizes meditation, while encompassing the whole of Yoga. It directly deals with the encountering and transcending thoughts of the mind.

As you notice from the explanation from above, none of the yoga practices are the yoga you and I see being practiced in every health club and yoga studio in the U.S. What you see is the Asana.

Continue reading below.

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Continued from above:

Asana is traditionally defined as a “comfortable seat” used for meditation. More typically now in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga… Asana practice is considered important by yogis because it helps to keep the physical body healthy. Given that the body is the vehicle for the spirit, looking after the physical body is important for spiritual development. Practicing asanas can also have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, increase discipline and concentration, and ready the mind for meditation.

So, as you can see, the Asana—the physical practice of yoga is simply a way to a means. It helps the body become healthy to sustain the 7 other limbs of yoga, which range from all forms of meditation and compassion.

From the beginning of my practice of yoga, I knew that if I studied hard enough I would be able to put my feet behind my head or stand up and grab my leg from the back (King Dancer). I had one goal in mind: to be more limber and stronger. I didn’t even consider that yoga would take me to a practice of meditation that has consumed my life now.

As a yogi or yogini gets older, he or she can’t possibly sustain the idea that a hatha practice is about doing the pose better than the teacher. One of the main aspects of yoga is respect for your own body and having compassion for its aging and its needs. You cannot do this for yourself if you’re comparing yourself to others.

Yoga was never meant to be a competitive sport. Yoga is to draw your focus inward, not outward. I love the theory:

Since each part of the body is made from God; all of it is holy. Experiencing every cell of the body during the Asana is a practice of getting to know God as YOU!

What a great way to practice.

The end of our western practice is called Shavasana or the Corpse Pose. In this space is where we put aside the struggle of the body and let it rest and integrate all of the great postures you did during the asana portion.

When you put aside the body, you can become an observer of the body. When you release from the control over ever part of the body, you can feel the distinction between the physical, human body and your nonphysical spiritual body. THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF YOGA.

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You don’t get to this voice if reason or recognize it unless you spend time with yourself in silence, asking yourself important self-talk questions. This is like dating. You must get to know the voice of the Spirit by spending time in meditation and silence. This is the only I know to clearly download the power of wisdom and recognize the voice—IN TIMES OF TRAUMA—that is always directing YOU into safety!

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