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Yoga Philosophy of Body and Mind

Updated on October 3, 2015

Yoga : An Art of Balancing Body with Mind

Yoga is a natural science and an art of balancing body and mind. Practicing yoga obviously means establishing a natural relation between our body functions and thought power.

Today most of us practice Yoga poses specific to some benefits that are important to us without realizing the vastness of Yoga and how it can effect our whole life, yoga is itself a complete view of life, which begins from physical level to astral level.

Once we are able to establish a cordial relation between our body and mind we enjoy everything, success seems to work everywhere for us.

This hub will not teach Yoga or any type of yoga it will just focus on basics of Yoga and its philosophy and how it can be a source of positive energy which can be used to achieve many things in life, some of which we are looking forward to while others which will be disclosed by Yoga.

Yoga Starts with Controlling Mind

First of all we must know that Yoga is not just an exercise or physical activity, which is only good for physical health. Physical activities or poses of Yoga are only a module of Yoga which too is mainly related to Hat Yoga (a branch of Yoga).

One of the most authoritative book on Yoga is Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's. Yoga Sutra clearly states that "Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha" which means Yoga is the art of controlling our thoughts, our mind. When our mind is active or over active we cannot concentrate on anything, we cannot perform any task perfectly. So, it is important to calm our mind, control our thoughts.

Controlling mind is described in the very beginning of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and anyone who is serious about mastering Yoga will have to spend a lot of time to control mind (as it is also one of the most difficult tasks on this planet, although there are a number of ways which can help in controlling mind).

Books on Yoga from Amazon

Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga
Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga

A really good book on Yoga by Shri BKS Iyengar, world famous yoga guru. Its one of the best book for beginners which teaches very basics of Yoga theory and principles.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

This is a book on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by Swami Satchidananda. It is only good for those who need more then basic information on Yoga, those willing to learn and master its philosophy.

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary
The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary

Another useful book on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with translation and commentary in english.


Many forms of Yoga

Yoga is a philosophy, an art of living and is thus available in various forms. Which form is suitable to you depends on our own nature, what will we like to achieve etc.

Yoga can help us to be happy in everyday life, it can also help us to increase our productivity, may be used for meditation or even to improve concentration, those who are following a spiritual path it can take them to a much higher level of spirituality (which is its actual purpose).

Most people do not understand or have time to explore Yoga is such depth and thus they use Yoga as a source of physical well-being, a cure for disease and health problems, a form of exercise to improve fitness.

Today Yoga is also a brand name, a marketing tool and therefore a different types of Yoga have evolved which are not traditional but are only modern brand names for Yoga which are fundamentally based on traditional Yoga theory.

Regular practice of Yoga can bring number of changes in ones personality, helps in developing positive thinking, level of motivation in everyday life to name a few.

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