Yoga Is The Way For A Complete Wellness Package

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By : Linda Adams

At some point in your life, someone is bound to ask you about the true purpose of Yoga. Yoga has become popular because of its wholistic perspective and approach. However, we must always take note that the true purpose of Yoga is to put a stop to anguish in this life. Yoga is a program wherein a practitioner is free to establish an aware and deliberate method.
Yoga fills a practitioner with total control (over one’s self). It’s a wonderful dream to be able to put a stop to anguish and pain in the world; however, time has shown that people seem to always come up with new ways of self-abuse.

Every particular style in Yoga is different from the next. But all the various styles of yoga are equally directed towards acquiring a compete wellness. No one style is better than the others since all the styles of Yoga are focused n enhancing total wellness of mind, spirit, body and emotions.

Having blinders on while looking at the styles of yoga will make one feel compelled to sort, prioritize and judge each style and aspect of Yoga. Actually, this is not a rare occurrence, from an untrained mind and narrow comprehension.

You just might fail to perceive the ultimate goal of Yoga, especially if your mind is not trained and steered as it should be. It is quite impossible for a learner to acquire or develop self-discipline without a Yoga instructor to guide him or her.

The raw, untrained mind, called monkey mind will never be brought to heel in the absence of the breathing methods of Yoga, called pranayama, and meditation and mantra, called japa. Anyone can embark on a program of Yoga by himself or herself, but this is not a holistic style.

A beginner to Yoga will not be able to rise above the surface features of Yoga freely. Promoting Yoga to the “ignorant” public calls for its display. Yet, the sight of a higher form of asana or posture just serves to scare off the public.

The Western worlds image of a Yoga instructor is emaciatedly thin, young, exceedingly pliant, muscular and physically endowed. This is also the same view of the “ignorant” public. Hatha yoga students themselves, are guilty of this same notion. There are even Yoga instructors with a perspective of Yoga limited to a purely physical recreation, akin to gymnastics.

One Yoga lecturer was asked as to the most important physical style of Yoga, to which he replied with the Pranayama.Adding that Yoga is much more than a physical endeavor. Still, the ensuing long explanation on the matter seemed to fall on uncomprehending ears because another opinion was expressed, on the Headstand (Salamba sirsasana) being the most important characteristic of Yoga.

It turned out that that member of the audience hadn’t ever taken any Yoga class at all, because of a fear of having to perform the headstand.

It is very important for Yoga instructors, practitioners and advocates to explain and promote the total health benefits from a consistent performance of Yoga. Otherwise, the unknowing public will carry their myths and misguided notions of Yoga to spread further.

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