Yoga is religion
India is the incredible land of seers and spiritual leaders and healers. It has always been a torch holder to the west for centuries and has made a tremendous impact on the world for thousands of years. As per Adiyogi(Shiva) the first Yogi, transmitted the science of yoga to the Saptrishis. However, it was not until the birth of another legend, Maharishi Patanjali who assimilated this knowledge into a format known as Yoga Sutra.
While Gita says “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self”. Hence whatever you are is yoga. It begins from your body to reflect your mind and soul. It is a human culture that has no religion but infinite acceptance for every doer.
Yoga is all about difficult postures
The immediate reflection of your mind following the word yoga is “asana”. It is the doer's choice to represent yoga with only the physical aspect. Had this been the fact the girl dancing on the rope to fill the stomach, the magician creating illusions for you or the dancers giving pleasure with the difficult postures all would be termed as a yogi. The Patanjali yoga sutra only one sutra talks about asana. Moreover, it advocates the practice of certain principles enumerates as Yama and Niyama, Asana, Pranayama (breathing techniques), Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. While it starts from the body postures its ultimate aim is to travel through you to reach yourself.
Yoga is an exercise.
Yoga is a discipline that needs not be learned but happens to you once you fall in love with it. It is not an exercise or a hardcore work out. It is planned and implemented in this format to match the requirements of modern culture. But yoga is not an exercise. While practicing the exercise you are doing opening up the muscles while doing yoga asanas, you are opening up that memory and trying to restructure this life toward an ultimate possibility never explored by you.
Anybody can teach Yoga
Today in the world of digitization where information is handy everybody has a say on yoga. It is very essential to understand the body anatomy and involvement of the body while practicing yoga. Attending yoga classes for a period of time and successfully doing a few difficult postures do not certify you as a Yoga Instructor. It is always suggested to find How do I choose a Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Yoga makes you spiritual
The term spiritual is more trending than expanding in its true meaning. Spirituality is a wide term. Alike not every individual studying science becomes a scientist not every follower of yoga becomes spiritual. Every individual is unique and has a unique experience with yoga. And everybody has its own say on it. Yoga helps you to develop self-awareness and rest all would be an individual experience worth to know.
This is the high time to quit all these myths and move on for beautiful life experience. It is devotion to the body you dwell in, it is the service to mankind while you share what you have lived as yoga.
All I would say is start it….
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