Yoga Targets Total Wellbeing

At some point in your life, someone is bound to ask you about the true purpose of Yoga. Yoga has become popular because of its holistic perspective and approach. However, we must always take note that the true purpose of Yoga is to put a stop to anguish in this life. Yoga is a scheme, a method or technique, a routine, that allows a practitioner to be conscious and purposeful, in contrast to being reactive, with regard to total well-being.

Yoga fills a practitioner with total control (over one's self). Ending suffering in this world is ideal, although history has shown that somehow or another, humankind seems to always manage to come up with new ways of hurting one’s self.

Every particular style in Yoga is different from the next. They have one thing in common, though, the pursuit of total health. No one style is better than the others since all the styles of Yoga are focused n enhancing total wellness of mind, spirit, body and emotions.

A limited view of Yoga sort of pushes one to sort, prioritize and judge every Yoga style. In truth, this is a common human error committed by an undisciplined mind and limited comprehension.

With that kind of mindset, just short of ignorance, it is highly probable to fail to be aware of Yoga in its totality. It is quite impossible for a learner to acquire or develop self-discipline without a Yoga instructor to guide him or her.

It is highly unlikely for an untrained "monkey mind" to learn discipline without knowledge and use of Pranayama (Yoga's breathing techniques), meditation and mantra (called japa). Anyone can embark on a program of Yoga by himself or herself, but this is not a holistic style.

A beginner to Yoga will not be able to rise above the surface features of Yoga freely. To promote Yoga needs to put it on exhibit. However, images of higher levels of yoga postures are quite intimidating to the general public.

In the West, a typical Yoga instructor is super thin, extra flexible, muscular and physically talented. This image is the one held by the non-performing public. Hatha yoga students themselves, are guilty of this same notion. There are even Yoga instructors with a perspective of Yoga limited to a purely physical recreation, akin to gymnastics.

In answer to a question on the most important physical Yoga style, a Yoga lecturer answered the Pranayama.He immediately added that there is a lot more to Yoga than just physical activity. Still, the ensuing long explanation on the matter seemed to fall on uncomprehending ears because another opinion was expressed, on the Headstand (Salamba sirsasana) being the most important characteristic of Yoga.

The lecturer found out later that that questioner hadn't participated, much more taken, any Yoga class ever, because of the fear of doing the Headstand.

It is very important for Yoga instructors, practitioners and advocates to explain and promote the total health benefits from a consistent performance of Yoga. Otherwise, the unknowing public will carry their myths and misguided notions of Yoga to spread further.

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