What is Yoga? Just RELAX the Man in the above picture is not doing Yoga. He is doing some exercise and as he himself is a confused being, so he thinks it is Yoga. If Yoga is what he is doing then every gymnast in this world is a yogi.
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What is Yoga or rather Yog
Shri Krishna tells Shri Arjun to practice YOG at the battlefield.
योगस्थ: कुरु कर्माणि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा धनञ्जय |
सिद्ध्यसिद्ध्यो: समो भूत्वा समत्वं योग उच्यते || 48|| Chapter 2
So did Shri Krishna wanted Arjun to headstand in the battlefield, hell no. Yog is not stretching exercises which Baba Ramdev teaches. Yog is not anything tough, but rather as beautifully said by Shri Krishna “Samatv YOG Uchayate” i.e. a balanced approach is called YOG.
Shri Krishna tells Shri Arjun that it is very easy to practice “balanced approach” in everything. Right from eating right Satvik Food , to thinking right.
Thinking right comprises of the fact that you should not have in your mind extreme attachment, hatred, desire or anger for anyone. Shri Krishna further tells to Shri Arjun that thinking about something constantly causes affection for those things. Due to this affection, we generate desire for those things, and when we have hurdles in the path of obtaining those desire we get angry, and anger makes us lose our sanity which led to our own decline.
Shri Krishna asks Shri Arjun to have a balanced approach. But the problem is that our mind is never empty its all the time thinks. It is a good thing that your mind is thinking but anything extreme is not good. So at least for some time, you should take a break. So how to slow down our mind for few mints in a day, this can be done by practising Pranayam.
Now again Pranayam is not what Baba Ramdev teaches. They are just the steps to master the art of Pranayam. What is Pran? Pran is the breath that you inhale. Our body is so beautifully built that we don’t even think about the most important aspect of our life i.e. breathing. We never think about breathing it happens by itself. When your concentration will become subtle i.e. when you will be in a state of complete relaxation you can observe the breath you are inhaling. You can practice the art of Pranayam, but Pranayam has significance only when you practice Yog. Without Yog Pranayam is useless, and again Yog is just the balanced approach in life.
Bhagwat Geeta teaches a lot of good things. If you got time, do read it, don’t try to mug it. Just get the essence of it. Om
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