“Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.”
— Elise Joan.
Yoga transforms us all and allows us to open ourselves to what the world offers. It shows us how to unite all our life forces and enables us to welcome every experience positively.
Yoga manifests as four primary paths:
1. Karma Yoga
2. Bhakti Yoga
3. Raja Yoga
4. Jnana Yoga
Once you understand the real essence of yoga, you attain harmony with nature, bringing you to a ‘flow state’. You are now ready to accept what you receive as you are at peace with yourself and the world.
3 methods to attain the ‘flow state’:
The withdrawal of senses. Yoga teaches an evaluative introspection. You learn to ignore all the pervasive negativity that can distract you from your goal. With the practice of yoga, you reach a stage of complete self-realization.
Pratyahara prepares us for Dharana. Once we have pushed away all our distractions, Dharana leads us towards a meditative state. This exercise prepares us for life, and we learn to contemplate the meaning of doing something without expecting a particular outcome.
It is an uninterrupted flow of concertation. This exercise enables you to realize a self-aware state of mind and teaches you to fully indulge in the task at hand. You become capable of positively absorbing the present moment as it is.
Yoga is the unification of mind, body, and soul. By practicing regular yoga, you can achieve a Zen-like state of mind and become equipped to face whatever the world throws at you. You become a musician who can play the euphonic music of life.