YOGA is a loosely used term in today’s world and is normally associated with the body postures performed to achieve good health. But the fact is that those body postures are Yogasanas and not yoga to be precise. Here is an extract from my book “THE ROOT CAUSE” to explain what yoga means in the real sense.
To begin with, every act that we perform round the clock is Yoga. Thus the act of eating (means what you are eating, how are you eating, where are you eating, when are you eating, how much are you eating) is also part of yoga. Likewise the act of sleeping, waking, drinking, watching, touching, talking, listening, walking, exercising, breathing and so on and so forth, everything adds up to Yoga. And that is why Rishi Patanjali, the Great Indian Sage had prescribed Ashtang (eight limbed) Yoga which captured all aspects of life to be done in a prescribed format for attaining bliss.
Now, since everyone has a different constitution, it has to be borne in mind that your selection of act (or say yoga) to get optimal output or say blissful living, should also depend upon your basic and acquired constitution (acquired due to your lifestyles).
For those who are finding the word constitution a bit complex, here is a simple simile. The Constitution of your body and mind could be compared with the vehicles that we drive. There are several makes of vehicles that are available in today’s world. Since each vehicle has a different machinery, its need to stay up and running is also different from others. Thus a petrol vehicle can’t be run on diesel and vice versa. Likewise you can’t be driving a family car in the conditions which are suitable for a rally car. Thus the only way to get optimal output from your own vehicle (i.e. body and mind), is to gain knowledge through your conscience (which is the driver) of what your constitution is and what is right and wrong for it.
When we can spend so much of time and money on understanding how our vehicle/electronic equipment work, how our office processes and policies work, isn’t it wise to spend quality time on knowing the engineering of our body as well? Infact, this should rather be our first priority. Imagine! if we begin to get optimum output from our machine. This world will be heaven.
*****The only religion that Vedic Sciences recognized was spiritualism whose aim was to get best output from our mind and body for achieving ultimate bliss. With this aim, it had categorized YOGA into four paths- Gyan Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Kriya Yoga. TO know more about these four paths, please click here.