Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yoga defined - the bigger picture

Yoga is the philosophy and practice of concentrating your body and mind towards attaining a goal.

The term yoga is derived from Vedic Sanskrit योग with the literal meaning of "to join", "to unite", i.e. exercising a conscious effort to bring something together. One figurative application of its root verb "yuj" is yoking or harnessing of oxen, where "to harness" also implies "to put something to some use".

In yoga philosophy the "something" relates to our thoughts, speech, and action. In yoga practice the "something" is our mind, breath and body movements. The "some use" or purpose of yoga is largely defined by the particular philosophical or theological system that yoga is combined with. While formalized as one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, yoga does not stand alone as a separate belief system. Therefore, the focus and aim of yoga depends largely on the religious tradition and in particular the needs of the practicing individual.

Yoga - the conscious effort to bring something together to attain a goal

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