The ancient Indian approach to yoga was very different from the way we today practice yoga in the west. Yoga was not only a part of life; it was a way of life. It did not end with a session, but it continued throughout the days and nights with the many other aspects of yoga. Yes, asana (poses...the physical practice we love so much ) and pranayama (directed breathing exercises) were a large part of yoga, but so are well being of oneself and others, the planet, and dedication to meditation.
According to the Bhagvat Gita, a yogi is one who can do the daily activities of life with efficiency and awareness, without the underlying attachment or clinging, which may bring sorrow. Doing every action with awareness, without reacting to situations brings harmony in our lives. It can make you a better parent, a better boss, a better student or a better sportsman. It does not matter what your life style is. Yoga brings in a value addition at every level and enhances the quality of your life.
Today, yoga is seen more as a counter-balance to one’s stressful and overworked lifestyle, which lacks proper exercise and relaxation. These factors have contributed to most life style diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, back & neck pains, obesity, migraine, depression, drug addictions, cardiac problems and even cancer. Yoga should not be seen as a panacea for all problems, yet it can prevent or solve most of these problems, if practiced under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
Yoga is a lifestyle. Taking a class or two a week will not be as effective as incorporating yoga into your daily life in many different ways. Check out the Groovy Lotus monthly calendar with ways for novice yogis to add a little yoga into each day. It is called The Daily Yogi.
Yoga is seen world wide as a way of life which harmonizes the body, mind and spirit, thereby creating a peaceful and vibrant society.