I have been practicing Yoga since more than 10 years, not very regularly but on and off and the results have always been amazing. But many times I hear people complaining that Yoga does not work for them or the results have not been significant.
One of the reasons for this is that Yoga is not just about aasanas or postures but there is an eight fold path called Ashtang Yoga. What this actually means that you need to believe in a certain way of life and follow these principles along with exercise and proper breathing. This will help in achieving the maximum benefit while practicing.
YAMA or Restraint or Abstinence
This includes Ahimsa – non violence, Satya – truth, Asteya – non stealing, Brahmacharya – chaste conduct and Aparigrahaha – non greed.
NIYAMA or Observances or Developing positive attitude
ASANAS or Postures
These are the actual exercises and postures that need to be practiced.
PRANAYAMA or Regulation , control, conservation of bio energy
This involves different kings of breathing exercises which teaches us to regulate, control and conserve our vital energy
This teaches us to bridge the gap between the body and mind by controlling the external and internal senses. Our senses affect the equanimity and peace of mind. Also we learn to free ourselves from sensual, emotional, environmental distractions and disturbances
DHARANA – Absolute consciousness
This helps us achieve inner peace and we become conscious of our inner self
DHYNA – meditation
This is where concentration ends and meditation begins
SAMADHI – sat chit ananda bhava
This is the state of uninterrupted joy and peace
Awareness of these principles is the first step, and we automatically try to follow the same. The results of Yogic exercises will definitely increase after this.
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