Patanjali and Yoga

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Buddha said, “He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings...” It is believed by many that coming together with a similar purpose can enhance the experience. The positive energies that fill the air during a yoga session are addicting. It is unbelievable sometimes, the people found in a yoga session. A young girl walks in to the room, followed by two beautifully aged women. A male in his early twenty’s follows them, and an older, rounder gentleman after him. The different shapes and sizes, beliefs, races, sexual orientations: they all disappear, they are all just human. The unity felt by a spiritual practice so enlightening brings them all together in respect and understanding for one another. It is not a competition to be won, it is a journey; an opportunity to find one’s self.
In the United States, things such as yoga and meditation are being prescribed by doctors more often. (Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center, 2011) The benefits of those two practices have proven to be very effective in some cases. People with any levels of stress, anxiety, depression or any other invisible chronic illness (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia…etc.) have more than likely been prescribed yoga by their doctor. Some may wonder how twisting the body into crazy positions could help anyone, but there is a lot more to it than that. There is relaxation involved in order to rid the body of all worries to help one commit to a beneficial practice. The more one lets go, the deeper they can get in to learning about and healing themselves. Yoga can improve a person’s mood, social skills and memory. It is promoted as a safe, non-impact exercise but is not to be underestimated. (Ireland, 2011) Some find that yoga can als...

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...ough meditation. If a person is practicing for physical benefits then they may practice Hatha yoga which incorporates strengthening and healing poses. Some will combine different types of yoga to fulfill both mental and physical aspirations. (Advaita Yoga Ashrama, 2012)
The beauty of yoga is that anyone can do it! Everyone’s yoga is different because everyone’s journey is different. It is never too late to begin or enhance a spiritual journey. Yoga makes this possible for every person to achieve. No matter what a person’s goals happen to be, a yoga session and some meditation will always be there to help guide the way. Namastè.

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Atma, Swami. Advaita Yoga Ashrama. 2012.
Ireland, Jae. Side Effects of Yoga. 14 June 2011.
Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center. 2011.
Rodefer, Erica. 5 Surprising Benefits of Yoga. 12 July 2011. 12 September 2010.