To describe yoga can be a hard task many times. What is yoga? Why do we do asanas? What does it mean to live in peace and stillness? And what is love? We let our great teachers, authors and philosophers and spiritual leaders describe it for us.
What is yoga?
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.
The Bhagavad Ghita
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a science, a science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.
Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.
Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.
Yoga is not about self-improvement or making ourselves better. It is a process of deconstructing all the barriers we may have erected that prevent us from having an authentic connection with ourselves and the world.
Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.
Yoga is a technology for arriving in this present moment. It is a means of waking up from our spiritual amnesia, so that we can remember all that we already know.
Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
Yoga is a powerful tool, but you must learn to use it properly. You can buy the latest super- duper computer, but if you only know how to use it as a typewriter, that’s all it is.
The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.
Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.
We start to see that yoga can be an inward journey of body-mind sensitivity during both our so-called practice time and our time spent everywhere else. It is at this point that yoga is no longer relegated to an activity we do while wearing certain clothes at the yoga studio or gym, but instead becomes a living vehicle for embodied wholeness, a potent path of transformation.
Yoga philosophy teaches that real man is not his body, but that the immortal I, of which each human being is conscious to some degree according to his mental evolution, is not the body but merely occupies and uses the body as an instrument.
Yoga aims to remove the root cause of all diseases, not to treat its symptoms as medical science generally attempts to do.
Yoga is the bringing together of that which was never separate.
True yoga is not about the shape of the body but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed. Yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been, yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose. And for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.