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Introducing Yoga


Author: Katerina Velkoborsky

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Yoga, an ancient approach to life, evolved through the years and its utilization is growing in today’s society. We view Yoga as an art and science of attitude toward life. It uses three main tools, available to every human being: gravity, body and breath. If science is the modern world’s greatest contribution to knowledge, then Yoga is the gem of the ancient world. Combining the insights of these two great systems can result in an increase in the likelihood of better health, reduction in bothersome symptoms, and the relief of suffering.

No review of research, or visits to clinics, or studios of masters, is sufficient to understand Yoga. To truly grasp what Yoga can do, one needs to experience it. Yoga can help the healthy as well as the sick.

Yoga is not a panacea, it is a systematic technology to improve the body, understand the mind, and free the spirit. Above all, Yoga is a path. The longer we stay with it and the more heart we put into the journey, the farther it can take us. What is happening on the outside is reflection of what is happening to every system of the body.

In Yoga you do your spiritual work and it affects the body. You stretch and strengthen your muscles and that affects your circulation, digestion, and breathing. With practice the nervous system is being strengthened and calm. With calm and strong nervous system, the immune system, and the cardiovascular system also strengthens. Blood flow to internal organs is increased, bringing more oxygen to the cells. Our mental clutter is cleared allowing us to see things more clearly. We are cultivating the spiritual muscles in a way that can make us happier, less anxious, more at peace.

Yoga says that if you look clearly you will see that everything about you is connected to everything else. From therapeutic standpoint, this provides the insight; as you improve the functioning of any one organ or system you improve all.

Yogis tend to be more flexible, stronger, energetic and youthful then people who don’t do Yoga. Yoga’s holistic emphasis is on strengthening throughout body and mind.

Yoga is a strong but slow medicine. We can’t expect overnight changes although usually some people can experience difference right away. One major difference between Yoga and many other approaches to healing is that Yoga builds on itself, becoming more effective over time. It is a bit like learning to play a musical instrument: the longer you stick with it, the more you practice, the more you get out of it. (Yoga is not the proper treatment for acute problems like broken bones, overwhelming infection or surgical emergencies. These are best cared for by conventional medical process).

We know that our experience of the world depends entirely on the state of our nervous system. This in turn is influenced by a host of factors – heredity, diet, environment, etc. If the nervous system is fresh and rested, the body will be healthy and the mind alert and comprehensive. As a result, our thought will be powerful and clear, and our actions, the manifested thoughts, will be successful and rewarding. Conversely, if the system is tired or strained, perhaps because of over activity, or the influence of poor food, then our outlook will be restricted, our mind dull, and our actions ineffective.

The techniques of Yoga purify the nervous system so that it can reflect a greater degree of consciousness and our lives can become an increasingly positive force in the world. If techniques are correctly practiced, the whole nervous system is revitalized – the body enjoys better health and more energy, the rested mind is freed from the burden of past experience, and perception is restored to its primal freshness.

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