4 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About Yoga
Yoga is for Everybody
With all the pop culture surrounding yoga today, it’s no wonder so many people have a misunderstanding about its nature!
It either looks like woo-woo, or it looks like some kind of secret society.
But in truth, neither of those are a reality.
Here’s how people get it wrong.
1. It’s a religion
It’s easy to look at the yoga movement today and think it’s some kind of weird religion.
After all, yoga has its roots in Hinduism.
But it certainly isn’t about that.
Since its inception, Hinduism has been about one thing: the pursuit of truth. Technically, despite whatever philosophy, spiritual path, or religion a person follows, they could still be considered a yogi.
That’s because being a yogi is all about following certain precepts that are universal.
These are called the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Basically, it’s a moral code that nearly every religion (and every good person) strives to follow.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Yama – the five restraints or the “don’ts”
- Ahimsa – Non-violence
- Satya – Truthfulness
- Brahmacharya – Control of the senses
- Asteya – Non-stealing
- Aparigraha – Non-covetousness and non-acceptance of gifts
- Niyama – the five observances or the “do’s”
- Saucha – Purity, cleanliness
- Santosha – Contentment
- Tapas – Austerity
- Swadhyaya – Self-study, study of scriptures
- Ishwara Pranidhana – Surrender to God’s will
- Asana – Steady posture
- Pranayama – Control of prana or life force (this happens naturally in meditation)
- Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses
- Dharana – Concentration
- Dhyana – Meditation
- Samadhi – Super-conscious state (deep awareness)
2. It’s all about the postures
Lots of people think that yoga is just about the postures; that’s pretty easy to do, because that’s pretty much all that’s reflected in pop culture!
But the truth is that yoga is extremely deep…its philosophy is empowering, and its history fascinating.
More than that, it outlines a path to self-fulfillment through quiet reflection, something that’s sorely missed in our time.
3. It’s boring
Yoga is all about self-discovery, so it’s easy to see why our culture deems it as “boring” sometimes.
This is because people are used to being entertained 24/7!
There are no flashing images when you meditate or do postures, no action sequence to keep you interested. It’s just you.
The weird thing?
You’re basically saying that spending you’re a boring person.
If you can’t handle spending time by yourself, why would anyone else want to? 😉
4. You’re automatically a great person
Lots of people are guilty of this one.
Hey, just because you spend a lot of time doing yoga and meditating doesn’t mean you’re automatically a perfect person.
There’s no doubt that you’re on your way toward becoming an awesome human being, but you have to be prepared to do the other work to!
You notice the list of Eight Limbs above? You also have to work at it; and sometimes, that’s not easy…but it’s worth it.
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