YOGA, A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PRACTICE

YOGA A SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PRACTICEFor beginners attempting to understand dozens of tongue twisting Sanskrit words and terms is mysterious and no easy task. Many readers probably envy their Indian counterparts for the general terminology so familiar to them.

 

So this week’s article will attempt to “enlighten” the more ignorant !

 

The following are some uncluttered terms and practises more commonly used :

 

YOGA

A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline for health and relaxation.

 

PRANA

Life energy also know as ‘Chi’ which relates to Chinese traditional medicine.

 

KUNDALINI

Primal energy in the subtle body said to be located in the base of the spine.

 

DHARMA

The path of truth

 

KARMA

The very basic law of cause and effect

 

SHANTI

Peace

 

OM or AUM

Considered to be the very first sound ever heard.  The high resonance and energy of chanting ‘Om’ is said to connect one to the vibrations of the universe.

 

ASANA

An overall word for the many postures used in Yoga

 

MANTRA

A repeated word or phrase used as in a chant mostly during meditation

 

AYUVEDA

Ancient Indian medical practice, upon consultation - one’s body type is established and this is one’s birth constitution. The 3 categories are;  Pitta fire, Vatta wind and Kapha earth.

In order to balance one’s energy and well being, specific diet and guidelines will be recommended by the Ayuveda practitioner according to one’s body type.

 

Should readers be interested there are many different types of yoga, especially for beginners!  For those already attending classes and more ambitious, Kundalini Yoga is extremely focused on static poses held for 3 to 11 minutes, not for a novice !

 

The benefits of Yoga are many, improved flexibility being one of the first obvious. The release of tight hamstrings is one example to eliminate pain.

 

Greater flexibility in muscle tissue builds strength and improves posture, especially in the lumbar regions to prevent degeneration of the spine.

 

Yoga takes one’s joints through a larger range of motions than gyming” improving circulation, lowering blood sugar and counteracting many negative bodily disorders.

 

Yoga being not only spiritual but physical too, goes hand in hand with honouring one’s body with respect and care

Matsimela

 

 

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