What is yoga?

Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realization which is synchronizing your own self with the universal self and realizing that you are ONE with the whole.

In Sanskrit, yoga simply means "Union" or "conjunction" which is the aim and essence to the non-dual status leading to the bliss ultimate.

Yoga methods include the complete ground of our survival, from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. Its methods contain moral disciplines, physical postures, breath control, as well as meditation.

The whole system of Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation.

Yoga includes the most popularly known asana, which refers to 'the practice of physical postures or poses with systematic breathing techniques' that leads to harmony of mind and body resulting in total health.

In fact, yoga is any spiritual practice that leads to self-realization by many different individual ways and means that include one or any combination of the following:

  • Strong ethics which while practicing shall not cause harm to any creature
  • Righteousness
  • Altruism ie, benevolence, charity, kindness, magnanimity, philanthropy, etc
  • Speaking only truth and contemplating and understanding what is Truth
  • Keeping up the promises
  • Ahimsa, ie not harming any creature by words or deeds
  • Practising harmony in thoughts and deeds
  • Always helping the needy
  • Living without any selfish motif
  • Always thinking and working towards the welfare of other humans irrespective of their race, caste, creed, colour or region
  • Having kindness and expressing it towards the animals
  • Not indulging in betrayal, cheating, theft, lying, killing, harming, cursing, anger, belittling, and all such negative traits.
  • Regular practice of asana in true sense of creating one's own health, for the family, for the society and for the whole world
  • Considering the whole world as one single family and developing love and compassion towards all humans, and every creature
  • Working towards the establishment of world peace
  • Earning a living by righteous ways and means

and many such practices that would never harm any other human or creature.