“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word meaning “union with God,” and began as a Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. As yoga became more mainstream, however, it has also deviated from these spiritual origins into simply a physical exercise. Students interested in the spiritual aspects of yoga learn practical, hands-on ways to put the spirituality back into a yoga practice. All levels of yoga are welcome.
It matters what you put your mind on while practicing yoga. Our minds shape our attitudes, thoughts and feelings. Our bodies begin to fill with the energy of the thought that our mind is focused on. Our body carries this energy and positions itself accordingly. If the mind is focused on worry, our bodies will form around this and reflect these inner thoughts. Likewise, if your mind is focused on peace and contentment, then our bodies will emanate that energy. Others can see and feel it because we are all tuned to each other.
Often, we focus our minds on our physical bodies and begin to analyze our performance instead of just being. The alternative is to connect deep within – far past
thoughts, feelings, emotions and bodily sensations is the inner Self, a place of contentment and wisdom.
Yoga, meaning, “union with the divine nature of all things,” suggests that we focus on thoughts that are in harmony with all of creation. Some yogis emphasize that the value of the physical postures are to exhaust us physically to the point where we finally let go and just relax into a quiet mind. This sense of quietude creates a space for goodness and peace to come. When our mind is focused and quiet, we can open up to a whole new set of feelings and attitudes towards life. Positivity, peacefulness, patience and kindness can be cultivated through this practice. Choose it and be glad.