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VIDEO: The Truth about the 10 Reasons for Yoga

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 10 REASONS FOR YOGA VIDEO is at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwcKxsYHm3c Yoga Day USA lists Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga for
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      VIDEO is at YouTube:

      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.


      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
      (Paramahansa Yogananda)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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)

      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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