Thursday 9 May 2013

Y is for Yoga

It's week twenty-five of Alphabe-Thursday!

Y is for Yoga...

"A mind free from all disturbances is Yoga" ~ The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ~

Yoga is a Hindu concept best defined as a journey of self-awareness and self-discovery. The Western world has associated 'yoga' with physical exercises alone, but in Hindu tradition yoga involved physical, mental and spiritual disciplines. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit and means 'to join' or 'to unite'. Yoga is actually a philosophy about self-realization that leads to connection to spiritual consciousness.

Yoga is union with the divine.

The harmonious balancing of our body and mind, found through doing Hatha Yoga exercises, is like a stepping stone on our journey to enlightenment. Yoga, breathing and meditative exercises can invoke the sacred divine part in each of us. Yoga postures can improve our physical health which in turn brings clarity to our minds. From this place of awakened potential we can then connect to our deeper spiritual essence.

Yoga as physical exercise alone is very beneficial, but I will always consider yoga to be a spiritual practice. Yoga's spiritual traditions intrigue me much more than its physical postures.

One yogic idea that really speaks to me is that of the kundalini energy, the coiled life-force energy, that resides at the base of our spines and rises up through our chakras. When this energy arises out through the crown chakra our individual consciousness is able to merge with universal consciousness. This is the very act of divine union.

"Kundalini Yoga, at its highest form, is practiced for the purpose of attaining bliss, opening the heart center, developing power, serving others, attaining self-realization and ultimately merging into God consciousness" ~ Swami Sivananda ~ 


  1. I live in an area where there's so much aerobic yoga I sometimes feel alone in believing that yoga is really about so much more. So nice to be reminded that I'm not alone.

  2. You just inspired me to try yoga. It'll definitely help me with my balance when I train horses.

  3. I've tried yoga.


    I liked it.

    My body did not.

    Many of my kids really, really enjoy it.

    Perhaps I will try it again someday!

    You are always such an inspiration! Thank you for linking.