The Spiritual Tradition of Yoga

            Yoga can help relieve stress and tension in a person's daily life. The definition of Yoga in the dictionary, is a Hindu theistic philosophy, teaching the suppression of all activity of the body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation. In a more general term yoga is a system of exercises for attaining bodily, mental control and well-being. Yoga means union. Union between one's individual consciousness and the Universal consciousness. Therefore, yoga refers to a certain state of consciousness as well as to methods that help one reach that goal or state of union with the divine. Many people confuse yoga with physical contortion, or think it is a religion. Yoga is none of these things. Yoga is basically a way of life which enables one to conserve energy and coordinate the power of body, mind, consciousness, which keeps the body healthy and the mind relaxed. Yoga is one of the world's oldest branches of spiritual inquiry, and one of the longest standing, most intense experiments of the human spirit, . Yoga teaches guidelines and values to follow, and practices for purification for the body, mind and spirit. It is the exercise of discipline and the practice of purification. The spiritual tradition of yoga training has been passed down from generation to generation. In the last one hundred years, yoga has become available to the public as never before, presented through hundreds of centers throughout the world, through classes, workshops, videos, books, audio tapes and even television programs. Page 2 There are many different yogas. Yoga can be simplified into five principles. First there is proper exercise; if a person's lifestyle doesn't provide natural motion of muscles and joints then disease and great discomfort will come with time. The second principle is proper breathing; yoga teaches people how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath.

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