The Basics of Yoga

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The Basics of Yoga YOGA is a philosophy about life which can vibrantly refresh your mind and body. To understand it, think of a tree. A tree is comprised of a lot of smaller things that without them, the tree would not survive. A tree is comprised of roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, branches, etc. Likewise, Yoga is comprised of a lot of smaller things that without them, Yoga wouldn't survive. To understand these smaller things, let's start out by saying that in Yoga there is a threefold quest. The threefold quest consists of the external quest, the inner quest, and the spiritual quest. EXTERNAL QUEST The external quest consists of behaviors, actions, and things you do to your physical body. That is to say that the external quest comprises of things in the material world. These are: yama, niyama, asana, and pranayama. YAMA is what we would call "ethical principles." These would be beliefs and practices that one uses in daily life such as ahmisa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya, and aparigraha. Ahmisa means non-violence. Non-violence is very much a way of life and a way of thinking. It is the foundation for the others, because non-violence is a way of thinking, acting, treating yourself and others. Satya is truth, speaking and believing the truth in one's life. Asteya is non-stealing, which means that one should not shoplift or steal from someone else. Brahmacharya is sexual moderation, meaning that while sex is natural and wonderful, it should be done moderately and with meaning. Aparigraha means non-coveting, which says that you shouldn't covet what someone else has, whether that means someone else's lover or partner, or someone else's material clothing or beliefs. NIYAMA i... ... middle of paper ... ...s absolute concentration, with the mind remaining unmoved and untouched. This can bring about the effect of flowing intelligence and releases stress. If one is in the state of dharana for a prolonged period of time, one is considered in DHYANA. Dhyana means meditation, and if one is meditating for a prolonged period of time, one may attain moksha, or enlightenment. In yoga terms, this is called SAMADHI, whereas one is released from the material world and they stand as a light for everyone else as an example of peace and beauty. A TEENY OUTRO YOGA is a gift to the world, and in particular, me. I am so happy that I have taken this class and I hope to continue for the rest of my life, or until I attain moksha. Attaining Moksha is my main life goal, and I sincerely hope that I attain this goal. I think that with yoga and Allah in my life, anything is possible.
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