The word yoga refers to different things in today’s time. some may understand it as an indian form of exercise which has to do with specific body postures. others may understand it as breathing practices and relaxation methods. some may even consider it as a weight reducing regimen involving profuse sweating. Then there are general group of believers who consider it as a typical religion. These different views about yoga are logical to some extent, yet there is more to this ancient science. Yoga is not a part of religion with a theology and ritualism. it is a cultural and spiritual discipline open to all mankind without any distinction of caste, creed, colour, race, sex or age, perhaps the only essential qualification is a belief in the potentialities of one’s own consciousness and an aspiration to reach its summit by following the laws of consciousness itself.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means “union”. It is more than just a practice of physical exercises. It is the discipline (Sadhana) to attain that union. According to Maharishi patanjali, the purpose of the yoga is to attain spiritual perfection through the control of the body, the senses and the mind.
“योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः” is Patanjali’s defination of yoga. It means restraining the mind stuff from talking various forms.
Separateness causes suffering and union creates freedom . It is the separation from our self, each other , nature and from something greater or higher that causes the anxiety and chaos symptomatic of our times. it is difficult for us to experience our natural connection with each other when we don’t have that connection with our own self. It connects us with inner wisdom, in which there is no doubt as to the connection of all things.
Yoga is not a part of religion with a theology and ritualism. It has no hierarchy. It is a cultural and spiritual discipline open to all mankind without any distinction of caste, creed, colour, race, sex, or age perhaps the only essential qualification is a belif in the potentialities of one’s own consciousness and on aspiration to reach its summit by following the laws of consciousness itself.