The Secret Of Yoga – Why Do People Practice Yoga?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Yoga Philosophy

the secret of yoga

How come so many people stand on their yoga mat every day? We see them come and practice regularly for a time and we see them leave. What we know for sure is that most people always come back again after being gone for a while.

What is the secret of yoga?

What is really the secret of yoga? The practice of yoga is much more than physical postures on a mat. In fact it is more even then the meditation and pranayama practice. It is an entire lifestyle.  Yoga is growing all over the world, it seems as if it has been awaiting this moment in history to really take off. There is a purpose and a secret of this practice that seems to have taken the western world by storm over the past few years.

The word yoga means to “to come together” or to “unite”. The practice and study of yoga will help the student unite and align their body, their mind and their spirit, bringing about an experience of the present moment and also a union with something greater. Call it nature, call it God or the universe. This unity and realization of our true nature, the increase in consciousness helps bring an end to suffering as we no longer live life from our ego-self. Getting to this point of enlightenment and bliss can take life-times, but continual study and practice of yoga helps us live more attuned with our real nature which is a more peaceful and contented existence.

The Yoga Sutras

To work towards reaching this “union” a yogi must practice more then just the physical yoga poses, the “asanas”.  The foundations of yoga philosophy come from ancient India and is a text called “The Yoga Sutras” of Patanjali. Here the secret of yoga is being revealed. By careful study of the “Yoga Sutras” the secret of yoga is being told to us in aphorisms. The Yoga Sutras describes a structural framework for a yogic lifestyle, of all of the aspects of yoga practice. It is divided into 8 sections, or “limbs”. Much like the 10 commandments. Each limb describes a very important aspect of the yoga practice. Only one of the eight limbs includes physical asanas! The limbs are as follows:

Yama : Universal morality

Niyama : Personal observances

Asanas : Body postures

Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana

Pratyahara : Control of the senses

Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness

Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine

Samadhi : Union with the Divine

Learn more about the secret of yoga

Through the next blog posts we will break down each of the limbs in detail and discuss how a practice of them can help the student live a more fulfilling life in peace. Create a life style that are moving you closer towards “enlightenment”.

The secret of yoga, the ancient yoga philosophy is an important part of any Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training program. In the 200 hours yoga teacher training we study each limb on a deep level. If this seems attracting to you you should absolutely consider studying the Yoga Sutras.

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  1. You have said, ‘The practice of yoga is much more than physical postures on a mat. In fact it is more even then the meditation and breathing.’ Stress this point every time you talk about yoga and also tell the people that the practice of yoga is nothing to do with learning a series, or completing series of set of asanas etc

  2. Hi Yogamasterji,
    Thank you for posting.
    You are absolutely right. We need to talk about the big picture or people will miss out on what is the core essence of YOGA. Namaste

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