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    NEW VIDEO (8:12 Minutes) THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 10 REASONS FOR YOGA By Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati http://www.swamij.com/ VIDEO is at YouTube:
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      NEW VIDEO (8:12 Minutes)

      THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 10 REASONS FOR YOGA
      By Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
      http://www.swamij.com/

      VIDEO is at YouTube:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwcKxsYHm3c

      Yoga Day USA lists "Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga for Life"
      on their website www.YogaDayUSA.org

      Unfortunately, most of their
      reasons have little to do with
      authentic, traditional Yoga.

      REASON #1. YOGA FOR … STRESS RELIEF:
      Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on
      the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps
      to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
      Related benefits include lowering blood pressure
      and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting
      the immune system as well as easing symptoms
      of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue,
      asthma and insomnia.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Most people in the West, and also many in India,
      confuse Yoga with Hatha Yoga, the system of
      bodily postures. But Yoga is primarily a spiritual
      discipline.
      (Paramahansa Yogananda)

      REASON #2. YOGA FOR … PAIN RELIEF:
      Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that
      practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a
      combination of the two, reduced pain for people
      with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis,
      auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as
      arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic
      conditions. Some practitioners report that even
      emotional pain can be eased through the practice
      of yoga.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Yoga has become the health and fitness system
      of choice. This is odd because it is the mind -
      not the body - that is the main target of all genuine
      Yoga practices .... To regard Yoga primarily as a
      set of practices for increasing strength and
      flexibility while calming the nervous system is
      to mistake the husk for the kernel.
      (Pandit Rajmani Tigunait)

      REASON #3. YOGA FOR … BETTER BREATHING:
      Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths.
      This helps to improve lung function, trigger the
      body's relaxation response and increase the amount
      of oxygen available to the body.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Like many arts and sciences that are profound,
      beautiful, and powerful, yoga has suffered from
      the spiritual poverty of the modern world--it has
      been trivialized, watered down, or reduced to
      cliches. The deep and eternal essence of yoga
      has been misrepresented and packaged for
      personal profit by clever people.
      (Bhole Prabhu)

      REASON #4. YOGA FOR … FLEXIBILITY:
      Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility,
      increasing range of movement and reducing aches
      and pains. Many people can't touch their toes during
      their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the
      correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons
      and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making
      more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body
      alignment resulting in better posture and helping to
      relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      In ancient times hatha Yoga was practiced for
      many years as a preparation for higher states of
      consciousness. Now however, the real purpose
      of this great science is being altogether forgotten .
      The hatha Yoga practices which were designed
      by the rishis and sages of old, for the evolution
      of mankind, are now being understood and
      utilized in a very limited sense.
      (Swami Satyananda Saraswati)

      REASON #5. YOGA FOR … INCREASED STRENGTH:
      Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the
      body, helping to increase strength literally from
      head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen
      the body, they also provide an additional benefit
      of helping to relieve muscular tension.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Yoga is not mere acrobatics . Some people suppose
      that Yoga is primarily concerned with the
      manipulation of the body into various queer
      positions, standing on the head, for instance, or
      twisting about the spine, or assuming any of the
      numerous odd poses which are demonstrated in
      the text-books on Yoga. These techniques are
      correctly employed in one distinct type of Yoga
      practice, but they do not form an integral part of
      the most essential type. Physical posture serve
      at best as an auxiliary, or a minor form of Yoga.
      (Swami Chidananda Saraswati)

      REASON #6. YOGA FOR …
      WEIGHT MANAGEMENT:
      Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight
      control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels
      as well as by burning excess calories and
      reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy
      eating habits and provides a heightened sense of
      well being and self esteem.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Many false and incomplete teachings have been
      propagated in its name, it has been subject to
      commercial exploitation, and one small aspect
      of Yoga is often taken to be all of Yoga. For
      instance, many people in the West think it is a
      physical and beauty cult, while others think it
      is a religion. All of this has obscured the real
      meaning of Yoga.
      (Swami Rama)

      REASON #7. YOGA FOR …
      IMPROVED CIRCULATION:
      Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result
      of various poses, more efficiently moves
      oxygenated blood to the body's cells.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      Through the discipline of Yoga, both actions and
      intelligence go beyond these qualities [gunas] and
      the seer comes to experience his own soul with
      crystal clarity, free from the relative attributes of
      nature and actions. This state of purity is samadhi.
      Yoga is thus both the means and the goal. Yoga
      is samadhi and samadhi is Yoga.
      (B. K. S. Iyengar)

      REASON #8. YOGA FOR …
      CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING:
      Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardio-vascular
      benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing
      endurance and improving oxygen uptake during
      exercise.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      The main objective of hatha Yoga is to create an
      absolute balance of the interacting activities and
      processes of the physical body, mind and energy.
      When this balance is created, the impulses
      generated give a call of awakening to the central
      force (sushumna nadi) which is responsible for
      the evolution of human consciousness. If hatha
      Yoga is not used for this purpose, its true
      objective is lost.
      (Swami Satyananda Saraswati)

      REASON #9. YOGA FOR …
      FOCUS ON THE PRESENT:
      Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become
      more aware and to help create mind body health.
      It opens the way to improved concentration,
      coordination, reaction time and memory.

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      The goal of Yoga is Yoga itself, union itself, of the
      little self and the True Self, a process of awakening
      to the preexisting union that is called Yoga.
      Yoga has to do with the realization through direct
      experience of the preexisting union between Atman
      and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and
      Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha
      standing alone as separate from Prakriti.
      (Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati)

      REASON #10. YOGA FOR … INNER PEACE:
      The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach
      a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place
      in their lives. Many who begin to practice for
      other reasons have reported this to be a key reason
      that yoga has become an essential part of their
      daily lives.
      (This finally touches on the real reasons for Yoga
      by mentioning that it is for "spiritual" reasons.)

      THE TRUTH ABOUT YOGA:
      You use the body as a medium to bring the mind
      back to the brain. Perfect marriage between body
      and mind. Then, you can reach and knock the
      door to the spirit....
      Yoga is free. It belongs to the earth. It's a god.
      (Bikram Choudhury)
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