Yoga & Meditation
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit language which translates as, to yoke, to join, to unite, or to attach. In Yoga philosophy it means the union of the lower self with the higher self.
In the West, the term "yoga" is today typically associated with Hatha Yoga and its asanas (postures) or as a form of exercise. These asanas are designed to bring concentrated awareness into a particular position. In the posture the practitioner can direct awareness into their deeper self creating a heightened communication between the body, mind and the consciousness.
The practise of the Hatha Yoga asanas can not only bring benefit to our body and mind but also create a pathway for us to look more deeply at ourselves. Ayurveda classifies the yoga asanas according to the doshas - vata, pitta and kapha to augment healing.
Meditation can play an important role in our daily life to maintain equilibrium and balance. Meditation is often described as "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder etc," however meditation can be a far deeper experience of clear perception that can take us far beyond the experience of the thought processes.
Meditation can connect us to the very heart of who we are. It calms emotions, settles and focuses the mind and allows the gradual unfoldment of the divine nature that exists deep within us all. Indeed, soulful meditation is one of humanity's greatest treasures.
The ancient way of meditation
Is to enjoy the fruits
The modern way of meditation
Is to multiply the flames
- Sri Chinmoy