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					Does Yoga Need To Be
Spiritual?
One thing that is well known about yoga is that the exercises are
informed by principles of meditation, and that for many people the
exercises and the meditation go hand in hand. The idea of inner strength
on a spiritual and physical level is one that will catch the attention of lots
of people. Is it, however, fully necessary for the person who is just trying
to keep fit to use the meditative aspect of yoga? Or is that aspect just an
add-on which, while useful, is not for everyone?


                                   It is undeniable that meditation is a part
                                   of yoga. However, it is far from being a
                                   necessity. Many people do find that
                                   repeating a mantra while they do the
                                   exercises helps them to clear their mind
                                   and focus on the exercises – that it rids
                                   their minds of the everyday stresses and
                                   strains which return again and again to
                                   prey on your mind as you seek to relax
                                   into the exercises. What you choose as a
                                   mantra is up to you – although out of
respect to the other people in a class, it is wise to keep it quiet if it is silly
or vulgar.




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If you have no trouble clearing your mind, then there is no real reason
you need to even have a mantra. The main thing is that you really do the
exercises fully, experience the process and feel the good that it is doing.
Once you have that side of things down, the rest is simply a matter of
waiting for the benefits of yoga to truly come through. It will benefit your
physical, mental and emotional strength – something which cannot be
said for every exercise regime.
(AH/AH)




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