The meaning of Yoga
Yoga is one of the six Darshanas (philosophical systems) of the India. No one knows exactly the time of the birth of Yoga, or what was the reason for its creation, casual or intentional. Writes Joseph Gelices.
Is sets a date of 5,000 to 7,000 years before Christ, although some authors speak of that the Yoga was born in the same instant in which the man took consciousness itself of its place in the planet. Perhaps it was because of a natural, divine evolution or inheritance from a previous intelligence. The truth is that it is there and we are witnessing its heritage and its evolution.
Perhaps the first question we ask ourselves is: why was born? Or perhaps: what is the reason for your practice?
We would have to go back to a character who was instrumental in the history to understand yoga: Patanjali.
In a time where only some few ascetics (sadhus) practiced the old art of the yoga, perhaps isolated in land remote of the bustle and the civilization, this was losing all its force of times earlier. His teachings were only passed of guru to disciple, and maintained in strict anonymity for the rest of us.
Patanjali, whose experience is reference to the year 300 to. C. (there are differing views in this regard), was a great hindu, great thinker passionate about past cultures and for all his teachings. Patanjali dedicated part of his life to the study of the yoga, perhaps carried in a principle of the hand of his grandfather, that practiced yoga.
Patanjali set his teaching in a few brief aphorisms called sutras, which are characterized by their small number of words, but at the same time, full of essence: accurate but universal.
He could collect much of the knowledge and ancient practices of yoga in what is known as Yoga Sutras, first text of yoga preserved completely, and is could say that is the father and founder of the yoga that we know today.
The ancient sadhus were great spiritual men whose concerns were the same as we have today. They were questions such as: what is the point of life?, what am I to do here?, what happens after death?, how is the universe?, what should I do to have peace with myself and the other?, how can I stay healthy?... and many other physical, metaphysical or spiritual level.
Yoga was born as a compendium of measures, norms and practices seeking comprehensive improvement of the individual. The ultimate goal of yoga is to get a stable mind in a healthy body.
So is composed of 8 parts or steps (ashtanga), whose practice usual teaches the road of the purity and integrity to the person that it practice.
Much of the teaching is based merely on moral or spiritual principles, and to reach them you have to change your way of thinking often recalling these principles. Meditation is part of that job, looking through it, the calm and peace of mind at all times. And ultimately the union with the superior strength, entity or God who leads us and not reach understanding.
Another very important part of Yoga refers to the breath.
We start from the idea that everything is energy (prana), so the air is the most important power par excellence to live. The air is filled with the energy and the use of breathing exercises kept young Yogis and alert at all times.
The part most known visually what is Yoga refers to the physical postures or dynamic movements. While these postures (asanas) exert a role important level of centers energy internal (chakras) and emotionally, undoubtedly his paper goes more aimed as system of exercise physical for strengthen the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones), improve the State of the circulation and facilitate the emptied of impurities through them systems lymphatic, glandular and excretory.
So can tell that a work intense physical will improve considerably your health physical and your breathing, but not ensure in any way that only with that practice improve your character or the try with you same or with the others.
It can be a great artist with your body doing sophisticated postures and be at the same time an incompetent, an envious, a vain or an avaricioso, doing a unhappy life to others or to himself.
With this I conclude that to practice yoga you have in mind the 8 pieces of which it is composed, and take that path, as he described in his Yogasutras Patanjali.
Get your practice with awareness of your breathing, your posture, your being.
Yoga must be taken every day for 24 hours with love and respect to you and to the world.
To love yourself, respect other beings, love life, learn every day, discipline, enjoy what is essential are basics to get you started in the true path of Yoga.
Jose Gelices directs school Pranayoga in Malaga. I have done training courses and conducted workshops with renowned Yoga teacher. This is his blog: