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					Discovering the benefits of yoga

Most people have this preconceived notion that yoga is only for the rich
and famous. In fact, some people who are a little bit interested in yoga
become discouraged even before they start with the discipline because
they see it as difficult and very demanding.

Yoga may be viewed as some sort of mystical or exotic thing because of
its origins in India. The word itself means to unite in the Indian
language and so it does unite both body and spirit, both the physical and
the mental.

Others see Yoga as a series of exercises maybe because of the asana but
yoga is in reality a science that aims to unify the consciousness and
subconscious of every human being in order for him to attain a higher
level of existence,   Yoga is really all about promoting good health and
good mind to achieve happiness.

Blame it on the exotic attribute   of yoga but there are people who
consider it as a part of sorcery   or black magic. Unable to understand
the mantras as well as the asana   that are common among yoga
practitioners, people would just   as easily judge yoga as something done
to achieve magic or mysticism.

Unknown to them, yoga is a way of life for most people who have learned
to adapt the discipline to their way of life. Some people equate yoga
with diet or series of exercises which they think are way beyond the
capacity of an ordinary man. But yoga can benefit any person no matter
what his age or sex is.

The ignorance of the many could not be blamed on them because yoga has
not really been promoted to the public during its ancient beginnings.
The early yogins or yoga masters chose their disciples and followers and
kept them at a minimum and this made yoga some kind of an ascetic thing.
It took the Yoga Institute in Mumbai to make m ore people familiar with
yoga way back in 1918.

The asana or poses identified with all types of yoga are not being
executed just to make yoga take an esoteric form. Rather, the asana are
very important in every yoga type because they help in regulating the
circulation of blood.   Yoga is not just all about the mind acrobatics
but it is basically science that seeks to balance physical as well as
mental health.

While modern medicine prescribes physical cleansing to patients including
steam bathing and the likes, yoga masters ask their disciples to practice
physical cleansing in every major part of the body like the nose,
stomach, the major internal organs as well as the sexual organ.

Other people may look at the asana as something difficult and tiresome
but those who practice yoga will aver that the asana have the effect of
relaxing their body and minds and ridding them of toxins that pervade the
body and make it unhealthy.
The misconceptions about yoga may have come from the ancient
philosophical concept of the discipline. The most known yoga types are
Ashtanga, Hatha and Kundalini and all of these types provide the disciple
with the inner and physical strength.

To get to know yoga, a person should imagine it as a discipline that does
not only exercise and heal the muscle but also the soul. The discipline
of yoga unifies the physical, mental and spiritual health of a being all
at one time. A person who has mastered yoga is said to have achieved the
highest form of relaxation that can never be possible for non-yoga

The yoga postures can be difficult but constant practice makes perfect
and daily execution of these postures can only make the person an expert
in the poses after some time. Once the Hathayoga has been mastered the
person can proceed to respiratory domination or breathing mastery.

When the person has gone as far as having mastery over his breathing then
he can proceed to pratyahara or a technique which maximizes his power to
relax and to visualize things until he becomes a master of meditation.

A student who has mastered all the basic requisites of yoga will be able
to achieve a trance-like stage where he is said to have already achieved
a higher level of consciousness. This is said to be the ultimate
perfection and bliss. For any person as he becomes one with life.

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