Yoga and Meditation

What is Yoga?

 

“The word Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana(postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption).

As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).

Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.”

As cited in Yoga Journal by Cyndi Lee on Oct 7, 2014

 

 
 

What is Meditation?

 

Meditation practices rely on a mindful re-discovery of the connection between body, mind and spirit. It helps to enrich and inspire one’s experience of any aspect in life.

All paths of Yoga untimely lead to meditation. In this present day and age of workplace and day-to-day living stress, meditation offers us a haven of effortless stillness and peace.

When we meditate we connect to the part of our self that is free of turmoil, worries and fears.

An increasing number of people are taking up meditation to help deal with practical life problems

Better relaxation

Stress relief

Better health

Improved concentration

Overcoming addictions and bad habits

Meditation can give us these benefits and also more. Through practising meditation we can learn to have a clearer sense of self and who we really are. Meditation can become part of a lifelong spiritual journey.