OPINION | What Yoga is not! – India Today

OPINION | What Yoga is not! – India Today

Yoga is being practised all over the world in various forms. However, much of it is hardly related to yoga in its essence. Here, through the words of Sadhguru, we seek to demystify many misconceptions that have cropped up in the name of yoga.

Yoga doesn’t mean impossible postures

Sadhguru: When we say yoga, probably for many people, it means twisting yourself out into some impossible postures. That is not what we are referring to as yoga. Yoga means to be in perfect tune with yourself your body, mind and inner nature are in absolute tune. When you fine-tune yourself to such a point where everything functions so beautifully within you, naturally the best of your abilities will flow out of you.

You may have noticed when you are happy, suddenly, your energies function so much better. You seem to have endless energy on that day. Even if you do not eat or sleep, it does not matter, you can go on and on. Knowing a little happiness liberates you from your normal limitations of energy and capability.

Yoga is the science of activating your inner energies in such a way that your body, mind and emotion function at their highest peak. If I do not sleep for a day or two, you will not notice any difference in me. I will go on doing a full day’s activity the same way, simply because the body and mind function in a completely different state of relaxation and with a certain level of blissfulness, which releases you from so many things that people normally struggle with. With the practice of yoga, your body and mind will be kept at its highest possible peak. This is a technology to create your inner situation the way you want it.

Yoga is not an exercise regime

Sadhguru: Yoga is not about just achieving physical and mental fitness. Health, physical fitness and mental fitness are only the side effects of yoga. The goal of yoga, the true benefit of yoga is about transcending the limitations of the body and the mind.

Yoga is not an exercise; it is a very subtle manipulation of your system to raise your perception to a completely different level. It is a whole technology to enhance one’s perception. The physical yoga that you see is just a small part of it. I know people have made that popular, but of all the Yoga Sutras, only one sutra is dedicated to asanas. Somehow in today’s world, this one sutra has gained significance over everything else.

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Hatha yoga is not the peak it is preparatory. If it is taught in a proper atmosphere, with a certain sense of humility and inclusiveness, it is a fantastic process. This is not about sculpting your body and showing it off. This is to make the body into a fantastic vessel. Hatha yoga is a powerful way of living not power over someone else, power to access life. It is a way of shaping your system in such a way that this …….

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