Easing your stress with yoga. mp3 audio book.
Chapter 1: What Is Yoga?
Time and again we hear the word yoga. Often people think it is some
sort of exercise with funny poses, right? The left leg stretches upwards
and the hand goes behind the body to hold the leg, no? But yoga is not
just about stretching, maintaining a posture, breathing or even merely
a form of exercise. It is much more than just that. It is a spiritual
practice but not a religious one that helps you to maintain a fine
balance between work and a healthy mind!
Not to worry, you are not the only one who doubts this! Many people
have questioned how something like this could help them to maintain a
balance between work and a healthy mind or even establish a healthy,
lively and balanced approach to life. And to understand this better and
to know how yoga actually works, you need to get a better
understanding of what yoga is all about.
Yoga originates from the language Sanskrit and it means union or
merger. And the essential purpose of it is to achieve a stable balance
between the mind and the body and to also to achieve self-
enlightenment. And to accomplish this, yoga applies movement,
breathing, pose, relief and meditation as various means of maintaining
a healthy, lively and balanced approach to life.
Yoga is believed to be a physical exercise that is the oldest still being
practiced. Thus, yoga signifies stability in every area of life. In earlier
times, the logic behind yoga practice was to achieve constancy and
relaxation so one could get ready for the severity of meditation - that
is, to stay sat still and remain alert for a long period of time. From
todays perspective too, yoga has a crucial role in achieving a fine
equilibrium between work and a healthy mind.
Even though yoga is a systemic philosophical approach, yoga is not a
religion, being more about attaining a spiritual balance than any code of
And yoga is not solely about staring at candles and breathing incense or
for flexible young people just to lie around relaxing either. Anyone,
irrespective of body type, age, experience or physical abilities can
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