Is it a mere stretching exercise?
Is it something that primarily enables you to bend down and touch your toes?
Is it a class where highly acrobatic people fold themselves into pretzel shapes?
Is it an ancient Hindu spiritual practice? Would it then have some religious overtones?
Is it simply a form of physical fitness or a spooky Tantric style of levitation?
Could it be a way of controlling your breath to cure the body of illnesses?
To many, yoga is all or some of the above; gone are the days when Sally my American friend thought it was some kind of ‘yogurt’ before yoga went mainstream. Today everyone knows the form and most people who are not serious practitioners have an idea of what it is.
After half a lifetime of practice I now understand yoga in all its entirety. A certain depth and clarity that’s quite exhilarating.
For me today, yoga is:
A quiet mind
A discipline-which is universal that goes far beyond its Hindu roots
A perfect balance- when the mind and the body work are perfectly in sync with each other
A healthy mind inside a healthy body; or as they say in Latin ‘ Men sana in corpore sano’
The perfect way towards disambiguation-of seeing clearly rather than perceiving
As sage Patanjali says controlling the fluctuations of the mind
Metaphysics; a philosophy ; a way of life
A connection : from the root ‘yuj’in Sanskrit
A means to stretch your limitless potential; to shed the mediocrities that lurk insidiously inside your mind
Your own inner revolution or a positive transformation
An intense physical activity that takes the minds gaze inwards
The act of moving your lower instincts towards the higher
An effective control of our lives without and life within
The realisation that you and I are much more than our external bodies.
A clearly outlined path to SAMADHI -a stillness and silence beyond body, mind and intellect
I could go on and on…
Because yoga is any action done with a sincere effort.
One practice…endless possibilities