Yoga 101: What is Yoga?

What is Yoga?

If you google “yoga,” you will find many colorful pictures with pretty and fit people.  They typically dressed in revealing attire, adopting some complicated physical and often gymnastic postures. Other pictures of people sitting cross-legged with eyes closed, looking blissful and relaxed. This is how most of you probably think about yoga.  It is commonly known as a fitness regime or a relaxation tool.

In the same fashion, I’ve started practicing yoga as physical fitness. But, as time passed, the practice of yoga was so much more than just physical fitness and relaxation. From my understanding, yoga is a practice to cultivate sustained attention.  As the result of sustained attention, we learn how to know ourselves and to understand the world.

Why Is It Challenging To Quiet The Mind?

In our social and economic twitter culture of instant texts, our minds are constantly jumping from one thing to another. This means we get distracted and confused. Our natural rhythms get muddied and out of sync, and we’re driven by our senses – emptying the cookie jar, filling another liquor glass, adding yet another charge to that already maxed-out credit card. By contrast, yoga is a means of refocusing and ceasing the endless jumping of the mind. But this is counter-intuitive to our modern culture. However,  to remove your mind’s clutter is an active act of rebellion!

What is Yoga Practice?

The deliberate yoga practice is a means to replace unwanted patterns and behaviors with productive ones. Undoubtedly, you have much more control than you think. People you surround yourself with, what you eat, watch, read, and where you live. To do that, you need to stop the chatter and find the inner voice and guidance within.  The correct practice of yoga aids you with the tools to reach your full potential.  Imagine a perfect diamond covered with mud. You are just like this diamond, whole, perfect, but the mud prevents you from truly shining.  Correct yoga practice is about removing what’s not shining.  It is tricky to stay on the path of practice. We tend to head towards the familiar territory, reinforcing existing and not-so-helpful tendencies. Traditionally, a good yoga teacher is a great help.

Did Someone Say Self-Reflection?

You can think of self-reflection (svadhyaya) as your antenna.  Instead of going through life on auto-pilot, we stop and ask ourselves: “Where I am now?” and “What is the direction I am heading towards?” Eventually, we can understand the patterns and motivation behind our actions.  In fact, self-reflection will help you with your practice.  A mindless application of yoga practice is not only useless but dangerous.  Some of us get injured practicing yoga.

To conclude, yoga is a journey where your progress is measured by the inner experience rather than by changes from the outside.

2 thoughts on “Yoga 101: What is Yoga?”

Leave a Comment


Related Posts

SOFLY Extreme Recovery

How to Recover from Common Cold in Six Easy Steps

Hello running nose and good night clear head. Even though you are not a formidable foe, you are annoying. So, what is a common cold? In short, it is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). Mostly harmless. There are many types of viruses that can cause a common cold. Jim

Sofly Lions Mane

Magical Mushrooms: Lion’s Mane

A few recipes may come to mind for many of us when we think about cooking with mushrooms. Of course, a popular use for mushrooms in the kitchen serves as pizza toppings, but today, I will tell you all about Lion’s Mane and how to prepare it for your meals. Jump to Recipe As I

Easy Comparison between Vegetarian, Vegan and Plant-based diets

What is the optimal diet for health and longevity? Is it a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet?  In the following blog, I will summarize the key factors of each diet to help you make an educated decision.   Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-based diets First off, we must note that none of these labels exist in nature.

SOFLY Juleanna Hever

Plant-Based Diet Super Easy: Your Daily Planner with Celebrity Dietitian

Sometime during the dark night of the soul, none of my old tricks seemed to work. As I watch the storm and the darkness wrapping around my brain and my heart, the scale number went up. As I tossed and turned through the darkness of the starless night, the old nemesis, the ripper, was cackling by my head. I knew the feeling, I’ve been here before. There is a way out, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t reach the door to the other side.