Yoga Philosophy – Brahmacharya

The Yoga Sutras, also known as The Eight Limbs (Ashtanga) of Raja (King) Yoga, was the first fully developed by Patanjali around 400 CE (Common Era) and recorded system of yoga. The Eight Limbs of Yoga will introduce yogis to the basic of concepts of yoga philosophy which will greatly enhance the benefits of yogis practice and put him/her on the path to mindfulness & self-realization.

The first and second limbs, Yama and Niyama, form your foundation. Both lay the footing for awareness and realization to come. The focus of the first limb, Yamas, is on being an ethical and moral person, and on improving your relationship with the outer world. The Yamas are meant to help develop a greater awareness of one’s place in the world. When taking steps to transform our inner world, our outer world becomes a total reflection of this effort. There are 5 Yamas:

  1. Ahimsa: Non-violence
  2. Satya: Truth to be expressed in thought, word, and action
  3. Asteya: Non-stealing and non-covetousness
  4. Brahmacharya: Abstinence from sexual intercourse when not married, practicing monogamy and not having sexual thoughts about another person who is not your spouse
  5. Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness or non-greediness

Let’s focus on Brahmacharya. It is believed that a life built on celibacy and spiritual studies done by free will increase energy and zest for life. If you are married or serious settling down with your soul mate, celibacy may sound like an unrealistic goal, but it may help to remember that brahmacharya is also about monogamy. When brahmacharya is fully realized in marriage, the sex lives of both partners improve because the level of trust and devotion deepens their connection. Sexual activity is an expression based on the highest level of mutual respect, love, selflessness, and wisdom.

On the other hand, the literally translation of Brahmacharya is ‘walking in the presence of the divine’.  In practical world, it means replacing superficial pleasure (e.g. smoking, fast food as comfort, drinking, etc.) with divine ones that fills us with aliveness.  In this sense, Brahmacharya requires the highest integrity and self-mastery – being honest in how you are connecting, with whom, and under what circumstance, so that your vital energies are utilized for transformation and not merely for entertainment.

Mindful living practice

How can you apply Brahmacharya to your everyday? It takes conscious self-reflection to become mindful of the ways in which you stray from the middle path. You can ask three questions below to help you become aware of situations and habits where you tend to take things to the extreme. Trying to ask the three questions below related to caffeine, alcohol, relationship, or anything that knocks you off balance and disturb your peace of mind.

  1. Where do I take things to the extreme through overindulgence?
  2. Where do I take things to the extreme through deprivation?
  3. How can I practise walking in the middle path in daily life?

Yoga does not ask you to avoid pleasure or giving up all the belongings and live in a cave in the hope of achieving non-existent spiritual perfection. In fact, it is actively encouraging you not to only avoid self-indulgence but also avoid self-denial. Why not let your intuition guide you to when you are straying from the middle path (such as over-eating or over dieting, etc) and mindfully bring yourself back by practicing Brahmacharya and treating your body as scared.

Pranayama

Your breath can use to quieten your nervous system and release your cravings for excess. Three-part breath, also known as Deergha Swasam, is a calming breathing exercise that allows you to breathe fully and deeply using your diaphragm. This helps to relieve tension, increase your supply of oxygen and calm the nervous system.

When I think of having a chocolate, I try three-part breath for five to ten minutes and it suppresses my craving as it is become more manageable along the way.

Three-part Breath technique

  1. Place your hands on your collarbones to feel the movement of the breath. You can be either lying on your back or in a seated position
  2. Breathing through your nose, into your belly and feeling it rise like a balloon. When you exhale, let your navel fall back towards your spine. Take five breaths like this.
  3. As you inhale, breathe into your belly fully. As you exhale, release from the ribcage first and then the belly. Take five breaths like this.
  4. This time, as you inhale, first feel your belly expand, then your ribcage, then your ribcage, and then fill your upper chest, expanding the areas around your collarbones.
  5. Exhale in reverse, from your upper chest, then from your ribcage and then from your belly. Take 10 to 15 breaths here, focusing on breathing smoothly and seamlessly.

Meditation

Meditation practice give you the chance to see when you are off balance. It is deeply somatic; fully grounded in the body and the physical sensations that arise. Anapana meditation is a simple practice that helps to calm and concentrate the mind by focusing on the subtle sensations of the breath.

Find your comfortable seated meditation position, close your eyes and breathe naturally and mindfully. Try to be aware of sensation of the breath around the nostrils and the upper lip and focus your attention here.

Observe any sensations that is happening. Notice the ordinary physical sensations that arises as you breathe. The coolness of the breath as it enters the nostrils, the heat on your upper lip as you exhale. You will feel a subtle tickling at the edge of your nostrils, tingling on the tip of your nose.

With your effortless gentle, loving awareness, observe the sensations like watching a sunset- no judgement, no expectations, no force. Always reminder to bring your awareness back to the sensations of your breath if you catch your mind trying to escape into the pastor future.

Practise the meditation from 5 to 20 minutes a day. Gradually, you will see your body begins to stop thinking obsessively and beginning to listen your breath & body to the quiet call of your heart.

 

Namaste

Ivy Ng (July-2021)

When Santosha (being contented) hit me hard!

People always want to have something they don’t have and never feel enough for things they already have. We keep seeking happiness from outside. Me too!

When I studied yoga philosophy, this Santosha which is the second of Niyama of the 8 limbs of yoga has hit me hard.

Niyama is freedom from all observances, consist of:

  1. Saucha: purity of thoughts
  2. Santosha: contentment, acceptance
  3. Tapas: discipline, persistence
  4. Swadhyaya: self-study
  5. Ishwara-pranidha: devotion

I felt that Santosha is telling me something. From young, I always wanted to be successful especially in my career and whenever I got what I wanted e.g. promotions, salary increments, I still wanted to have more and took more actions to get more. I thought that when I get what I want, I will be happy. Yes, I was happy for a moment and started to want to have more again – sounds so greedy, but I am sure I am not alone. The result was I rarely enjoyed and appreciated what I had, I aimed for more and more. My next goals were bigger and more challenging.   

In Santosha, being contented (not happy or sad), enjoy every moment, supreme joy is achieved. Wow, it sounds easy than I thought and from my own experience, it’s so true. Yoga teach me to stay present. When I practice yoga, I am mindful with my body for movement and alignment, I forget about my past and my future. I enjoy the moment. That’s why I fall in love with yoga.

Off the mat:

To adopt Santosha into my life, I practice to be more mindful in my daily life activities. I practice to be grateful and appreciate with what I have including my work, my health, my relationship, my possession, and even my food. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation help me a lot to be more mindful and I added all these into my daily life. I meditate every morning and practice yoga and pranayama at least 3 times a week.

On the mat:

I also adopt Santosha to my practice in a way that there are some poses that I can’t do well, for example, all hips flexion poses like Paschimottanasana, Prasarita Padottanasana. I need to keep practicing to make my hips more flexible. Sometimes I am unhappy that I can’t do the poses like my other classmates. With Santosha, it makes me understand that I should enjoy that I still can do the pose, it is not perfect, but it may be better than last year and it’s enough. Everyone is different and I should be contented with the way I am, the way my body is. With continued practicing, one day when my body is ready, I will be able to do the pose 🙂 

Yoga Philosophy

Yoga is not only the asana practice. It’s much more and beyond that. It accepts three reality – purusha( consciousness), prakriti (matter) and ishvara (god). It primarily emphasises on the practices and disciplines to control the modification of body, breath, senses and especially control of your mind.

Yoga word is derived from root word ‘yuj” which means to yoke or concentrate or to unite. It authored or compiled by Sage Patanjali.

It compiled around 200 BC. It’s called patanjali yoga sutra, containing 196 sutras. Yoga chitta vritti nirodha main focus is 1. mind, 2. obstacles to yoga, 3. Systematic yoga practice, 4. Attainment tot the highest goal.

Sage Patanjali’s system of meditation is called Ashtanga. It means 8 parts of limbs. It emphasised on how to live a meaningful and purposeful of life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

The eight limbs of yoga are 1. yamas (abstinences / five restrains / prohibition), 2. niyama (five observances), 3. asana (postures), 4. pranayama (control of breathing), 5. pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), 6. dharana (concentration), 7. dhyana (meditation) and 8. samadhi (total of absorption). The eight limbs form a sequence from the outer to the inner. The first 5 is external practice in nature or they are called bahiranga sadhana or technically call it hatha yoga. The last 3 limbs which is internal practice (dhyana yoga)

There are 5 niyamas that cultivate of dharmic virtues. Santosha mandates contentment and forbearance.

Santosha

The Sanskrit word santosha is divided into two parts: sam, meaning completely or entirely, and tosha, meaning acceptance, satisfaction, and contentment.

How can I apply that in my life: particularly during my yoga practice

I often doubt myself or have some negative thoughts about myself that I cannot do certain poses. For example, While I am working my way into a posture (downward facing dog/ chtturanga plank and etc) and i just couldn’t help but take a peek around the room to see whether I am doing ‘ok’ compare to someone else in the class. And I concluded that I did the worst in the class.

Well, I have to believe in myself and accept my flaws and work on it, I have to accept myself for what I am and appreciate what i have and what I am already, and moving forwards from there.

How others can apply in their lives:

Having said all, this doesn’t mean we are sitting back and relinquish the need to do anything. It simply means be contented and be focused. The most important message to take away from this? is in our nature to want more, to not let ourselves rest until we’ve satisfied some temporary happiness or urge, for example, losing weight, getting an ideal job or being able to get ourselves into that yoga posture we’ve been working towards instead, be Contented even when your situation is very far from ideal.

Because once we’ve conquered what we wanted, but how long does it really last? Once we’ve reached that place of temporary peace, we ultimately become very attached to this feeling, and fight to keep hold of it, eventually leading to sadness again until we find that next goal to make us ‘happy’. We remind ourselves. This is enough. This is perfect. All is wonderful. Feeling satisfied with your possessions, your status and your situation.

My Yoga Journey and Philosophy

Why did I start yoga? Growing up, I was always the weak kid, full of excuses to skip any physical extra-curricular activities in school, even as an adult, I dreaded going to any fitness classes or would reject any invitations from friends for any sports related outings. I was not fit, strong, coordinated, flexible nor fast. Hell, I would even trip and fall when walking down the streets. My mantra was, ‘Sweating is not my thing’. Experiencing severe menstrual cramps, blocked sinus and migraines was also part and parcel of my life.

My aversion to exercise changed in 2019. I quit the big 4 and had gotten a job that afforded me with a more work life balance. I wanted to be healthier and less prone to falling sick. I joined all sorts of fitness classes. At one point of time, I was attending fitness classes 4 to 5 times per week, mainly because it gave me the feel-good hormones after a frustrating day at work. But yoga was the only exercise I kept going back for more. The saying, ‘Yoga frees our minds from the negative feelings from the stressful, fast-paced nature of our daily lives.’ was something I experienced myself. I would walk out of class with a lighter mind and mood. I was addicted. That was how it all started for me.

In early 2020, the world entered lockdown and we were all made to stay at home. Mentally, it was very draining to be stuck in front of the laptop without any change in atmosphere, day after day. I felt moody and even went through a period of binge eating and drinking. Physically, I could feel my body weakening and becoming less energetic. Luckily, my yoga studio offered livestream classes throughout the lockdown period. Again, the endorphins and serotonin from practising yoga helped to rebalance my mind and body from being stuck at home.

I did not understand why I had this feeling until after starting the YTT with Tirisula, learning that this sense of calm comes from the practice of yoga asanas and pranayamas. Unlike other forms of exercise (I have dabbled with HIIT and spin classes) which strain muscles and bones while increasing heart rate to high levels within a few short seconds, yoga gently rejuvenates the body with poses and breathing exercises at a moderate pace.

The ultimate aim of health is to stay away from illnesses, maintain a functioning bodily system and good mental wellbeing. This can be all achieved when we regularly practise yoga. Asanas balance the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, hormonal, digestive, and reproductive systems. The equilibrium in the body then brings mental peace and enhance intellectual clarity.

I would highly recommend this non-competitive yet nonetheless, challenging sport to all my friends. Yoga is an evergreen exercise which allows us to practise it throughout our lives, no matter the age. Yoga asanas, or poses, can cure physical ailments aka ‘vyadhi’, and redress angamejayatva or unsteadiness in the body. ‘Shvasa-prashvasa’ aka uneven breathing – an indication of stress – is alleviated by the practice of yoga. Additionally, asanas tone the whole body. They strengthen our muscles and bones, corrects our posture, improves our breathing, and increase our energy. This physical well-being has a strengthening and calming impact on the mind.

Yoga is the best! 😊

Me & Yamas

Yama is the first of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. There are 5 Yamas: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha. In this blog post, I will share my understanding of each of the Yama along with how it relates to my experiences. 

  1. Ahimsa
    Non-violence. a: no, himsa: violence

    Violence comes in different forms. To practice ahimsa, we have to be mindful of our words, thoughts, and actions to prevent hurting ourselves and others. Understanding our boundaries and respecting our body is a form of self-love that can be applied in both yoga and life.
    When Master Sree shared some examples of “Himsa” things we do to our body, I instantly recognized them and realized that I have been treating myself poorly. It’s unhealthy to keep increasing the expectations of what my body “should” do when I’m always neglecting its need for rest and recovery. However, I find it difficult to come to terms with the sense of guilt whenever I choose to rest because I feel like I’m under-performing/being lazy. One way I try to cope with it is to tell myself that resting will allow me to come back stronger the next day!
  2. Satya
    Truthfulness. sat: true essence/nature

    To be honest with ourselves and others in our words, thoughts and actions, regardless of the situation. We should always seek to maintain honesty even in disagreements, but if saying the truth will do more harm than good, we are advised to act compassionately instead of pushing to be “right”. Recognizing the situation we are in at the moment can help us to decide between benefitting the other party or proving our ego, which is important as words are powerful. What we perceive as a “casual statement” may carry a different meaning for another person and hurt their feelings.
    Referencing this to our practice on the mat, we have to be honest with ourselves when it comes to our bodies’ abilities. Perhaps we weren’t able to do a certain asana today in class, but it is okay because we know that it will come with practice. The ability to see the truth and accept it with grace allows us to put our ego aside and focus on what really matters— the practice.
  3. Asteya
    Non-stealing. a: no, steya: stealing

    Did you know that you can steal things from yourself?
    Practising yoga is a journey of self-discovery and growth; it should never be treated like a competition. When comparison starts to happen, we begin to envy and unhealthy desires arise. Asteya reminds us that we should appreciate our experiences, regardless of how “good” or “bad”. We do not want to steal these precious moments away from ourselves just because we were busy trying to be someone else and denying our feelings.
    Learning about Asteya has made me more conscious of how I want to develop myself as a dancer. Back then in school, I was constantly trying to be like someone else; I never stopped to take look at who I really am or how much progress I’ve made. This Yama has taught me that I am enough as a person, and that desire to improve should not come from a place of insecurity but an open heart and mind.
  4. Brahmacharya
    Celibacy, appropriate use of our energies

    “In order to be the best version of ourselves and to use our energy in the right way, we need first of all to listen to what our bodies need.” 1
    Diverting our energy from external desires to inner peace and happiness is one way of using our energy in the right way. Chasing external desires can bring joy and pleasure at the moment, but these moments are ultimately fleeting and can leave you feeling empty once it is over. Our happiness is within us, we can find it using the same energy that we put in to search for it externally.
    Listening to what our bodies need is a common message that appears throughout the 5 Yamas. If our body is feeling tired and not ready for an Ashtanga Vinyasa class today, forcing our way through would not be the best use of our energies. We want to make sure what we do is helpful and will bring us to become the best version of ourselves.
    Applying this to our daily life, we are often overwhelmed with so many things in a day that they can drain us physically and mentally. To make full use of our energy, take breaks in between and notice if there are tasks or people that leave you feeling empty. If we can amicably resolve these issues, we can put our energy and attention on other things that serve us better. 
  5. Aparigraha
    Non-attachment. a: no, pari: on all sides, graha: take/grab/seize

    Aparigraha teaches us a few things:
    – To b
    e detached from the outcomes of our efforts, in the workplace and during yoga practice
    – To be independent of material things and seek happiness internally
    – To embrace the ups and downs of life and let go of the things we cannot control

    I find Aparigraha the hardest Yama to practise. When the pandemic broke out, I had to let go of all the plans I had and live day by day without knowing what was going to happen next. The uncertainty was scary, but I also discovered a lot of things about myself when living my life unplanned. For example, I am now more comfortable with adapting to changes than I was before. Although forced into the situation, I felt like that period was necessary to help me learn about the uncontrollable things in life and how to see the good in everything.

    This main takeaway is that we should focus on our journey instead of the destination so that we do not attach ourselves to “what may be”, but do the best in our current situation and see where it takes us!

Researching more on the Yamas has helped me to see things clearer in my life and I hope that this post can inspire you to start your journey on practising these Yamas in your life! ☺

Sources: Chopra, EkhartYoga, The Yogamad

— Mandy, 3 May YTT 2021

How Do We Apply Yamas in Our Modern Life?

Yama is the first limb of yoga according to Raja the eight limbs of yoga, that focuses on our behaviour and perspective of life. I personally find the 5 yamas concept very useful even in a modern material world.
The Five Yamas
Ahimsa: Non-violence
Satya: No-lying
Asteya: Non-stealing
Brahmacharya: Celibacy, preserve the vital energy
Aparigraha: Non-possesive
How Do we apply Yamas in our Modern Life
Ahimsa
Ahimsa means non-violence and is not just about physical harm but also mental harm. We need to be more mindful how our thoughts and words might hurt other people’s feeling.
Satya
Satya means truthfulness and not telling lies. However, white lies are often excusable since our initial intention is good. Also, the truth should be reflected in your spoken and unspoken words.
Asetya
Asetya means non-stealing, which is applicable more than material things. There are lots of things one can steal. One can steal someone’s time if not being punctual. One can steal someone’s intellectual work by plagiarism and taking other people’s credit in the workplace. Do respect other people’s time and work.
Brahmacharya
Brahmacharya is often identified with celibacy. Preservation of vital energy through moderation in sexual activity is part of brahmacharya. This is a old-fashioned view of the practice. The main idea is to preserve our vital energy and stay focused. We need to develop awareness of which sense experiences are harmful or excessive.
Aparigraha
Aparigraha means not possessive. Do not have emotional attachment with material stuff or a certain person so we do not form the habit of hoarding stuff. Stay alert with the lures from advertisement, since the sellers try to implant unconscious influence inside of us to feel happy about owning a certain products. A simple philosophy of applying aparigraha is to be happy with what you have without emotional attachment and do not be sad with what you do not have.

Yoga Philosophy

The Main Philosophy of yoga is very simple, it is about mind, body, and spirit that are all as one and can’t be clearly separated. The philosophy of yoga gives us a plan to follow, which leads us to be happy, healthy and peaceful life. Happiness that transforms to deep and long lasting for healthy that keep our body and mind vital and vibrant.Peace that not only whiting ourselves but also with the world.

With the philosophy of yoga we are creating a physical, mental and emotional harmony. We practice physical pose, breathing techniques and meditation to become a better human being and positive light. We want more calm to a stressful situation as getting frustrated in any situation is not good. By calming and quieting the loud of voice of the ego we gain inner clarity this awareness within, remain open, kind, honest, even with those that have caused pain.

Mindfulness is important and in a yoga class I learn to do yoga poses, I will be instructed to notice my breathing and the way my body move during the exercise. The foundation of mind body connection is key. A well-balanced set of yoga exercises gives me the opportunity to understand my body, noting how I feel as move through the poses and may begin to realise for example: one side of my body feel different than the other side during stretching or maybe easier to balance on right leg or that certain poses help ease tension in neck. Learning to be aware of posture when walk, for example; first step to making improvements that will make move more easily and feel better all the time.

Yamas in a material and results-oriented society

Living in Singapore where we pride ourselves in our fast-paced, efficient culture, it is honestly not easy to resist being caught up in the rat race and material achievements. Since a young age, comparisons and competition are encouraged such that we will be motivated to work harder, achieve more and ‘do well’ in the future. The notion of being ‘successful’ spurs us to participate in things that we don’t truly enjoy or see meaning in. But what does being successful really mean?

 

I think many of us are (or have experienced being) largely motivated by comparisons, as well as the fear of not being ‘successful’ – whatever this means to us. In large part, me too. Yet, before this course, I don’t think I’ve actually considered what success actually means to me. Instead I’ve let society define my idea of success – having a good-paying or high-ranking job, maybe a nice house, nice clothes, being able to afford various material things. As a result, we wind up in the hustle culture and partake in various behaviour that do not actually serve us.

 

Learning more about yoga philosophy through this teacher training course has helped me reflect more about my desires and how I lead my life. In particular, the introduction to yamas – a guide/diplomatic management of how we can best act towards ourselves and others – reminds me to be more in tuned with myself, what my body needs and don’t let comparisons/greed/ego drive my actions. In particular, the concept of Aparigraha which translates to ‘non-possesiveness’ reminds us that we should be content with what we have and have a non-grasping attitude towards the things in life. This yama conveys that we should be aware of what serves us in the moment, to not be concerned or possessive over the outcomes and to let go of things when the time is right. As Krishna states:

Let your concern be with action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction’. 

 

Reflecting on my daily life, it dawned upon me that a lot of the accomplishments that I strive for are partially due to the ego of wanting to appear accomplished. Similarly in yoga practice, I often find my mind being distracted by the final outcome of a beautiful posture.  Keeping Aparigraha in mind allows me to realign my thoughts and focus on the joys of the present – to appreciate and be content with the current moment, be it in yoga practice, dance, studying or teaching. To not be possessive of the outcomes and material achievements, but to simply let the enjoyment of the current moment lead me forward.  

 

Furthermore, as someone who sets quite high expectations for myself, I can often be rather critical of my performance and easily stressed. Learning about Ahimsa, which refers to ‘non-violence’ or ‘non-harming’, I am reminded to not let negative thoughts takeover, and to be kind to my body and my mind. Negative thoughts are said to be harmful not only for the mind, but also for the body as the secretion of cortisol (stress hormone) lowers the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness and pain. Remembering Ahimsa in daily life for me, means respecting my boundaries and listening to my body – while challenging myself to grow, I should never push myself to harm. Applying this to school, this could mean taking care of my mental health and not overworking or partaking in too many side projects. In yoga practice, this could be knowing my limits when performing challenging asanas as well as taking care of injuries instead of aggravating them for the sake of practice. 

 

Integrating these yamas in my daily life and practice will be a continuous journey and a process of unlearning different cultural ideals that has been ingrained in my system. Common notions such as ‘no pain, no gain’ often push us to neglect the well-being of our body and keeping pushing, keep grasping for more. For example, in my past dance training, instructors and dancers often push their bodies beyond their limits, encouraging hyperextension for the sake of aesthetic appeal and training rigorously even with injuries, leading to unsustainable practices. In university, it is a norm for students to have all-nighters, rely on caffeine and unhealthy foods and overwork themselves such that they will have a good portfolio. 

 

Undeniably, it might take a while for me to be more in tuned with the present in this fast-paced and results-oriented society. But through yoga, I find myself slowly learning to be more present, focused and accepting. The practice on the mat provides me with respite from negative thoughts and comparisons as I take the time to listen to my body. While I can’t say that I can entirely escape from social pressures and comparison, I definitely find myself being clearer in what serves me and negative criticism and distractions hold much lesser space in my mind. Studying yoga philosophy has definitely provided apt reminders and lessons applicable to my daily life, and I’m keen to see where this journey takes me! 

The past, the future, and the present

          Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, widely known as B.K.S. Iyengar, said “Your body exists in the past and your mind exist in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.” The more I practice yoga, the more appreciative I became about this saying. Before I became familiar with yoga philosophy, or the way of thinking in yoga, I had a tendency to worry about the past and the future for no reason.

 

          Many teachers said that yoga is not just a physical exercise, but it’s a way of lifestyle. After I started to be more mindful about my practice, a link between B.K.S. Iyengar’s saying and my yoga teachers’ comments appeared to be clearer and clearer. Yoga certainly is much more than a workout for the body as it strengthens our minds as much. I came to realize the importance of ‘being with present’ in my practice. I stopped worrying about the past or the future as I progressed my journey. Moreover, there was a sense of realization that I cannot just focus on my physical body in order to better my practice since I need to balance it with a development of my mind. Mind and body; this is yoga.

 

          When one becomes more aware about the balancing act of the body and the mind, there will be peace—peace of mind and peace of body. This balancing act functions as a generator of relaxation at a moment of focus. It became especially evident during my yoga practice. This philosophy applies to all aspects of yoga. For example, in my asana practice, whether it is at a warming up phase or at a peak pose, my body and mind need to be at the mindful ‘present state’ to successfully reach the equilibrium.

 

           Thanks to this yoga philosophy, I came to learn how to honor myself—my past, my future, and most of all, my present. I came to accept who I am no matter what. With the self-acceptance, I gained peace, compassion, and happiness in my everyday life.

image source: https://twitter.com/jana_yoga/status/999716524771414017

 

Effect of Yoga on Muscular System

My yoga journey in 2020😔,but I not exactly remember what the date or month, but I remember I go to yoga class with a stiffness or muscle tightness from a high impact workout.Before yoga, I was really into normal fitness and at that time yoga wasn’t offered in my fitnesses club. I been lookinh for years something (anything) that wouldn’t stress my whole body. My first class attended was calm yoga class and it was a true waking for me ,I left the class feeling lighter, calmer and it healed me;physically,mentally,and emotionally and make my day! I felt so gratefull.
Yoga is good for holistic well-being period, for those whose believe in rigorous workout & sweeting it out.Have to agree that yoga is more effective than any workout at the gym, it has lots of benefit, with range from mental health and muscle. The efforts of yoga on Muscular system it’s more than being a from of exercise it change the body cellular level.
Yoga balance for entire body from muscular skeletal the organ and system and balance around the joint, similarly make me more flexible, yoga brings more space to my body. Provides a peaceful mind and healthy body.  I believe yoga is responsible for altering the fluidity in the body there by reducing any stiffness. More yoga and more movement-less diseases. Doing yoga regularly makes you able to feel change almost immediately,it’s feel more space in the body and reduce the risk of heart disease, improve lower back pain, improve of asthmatic and reduce anxiety too.

I realised the other day that I started my consistent yoga practice, I always come to yoga class like Vinyasa yoga feeing happy. Day after day, month after month,  I really enjoy yoga practice, I am so happy and I can feel little bit more flexible than before.I ask my yoga teacher, I want learning more about yoga,and She recommend me to join at Tirisula Yoga, the next Week I’m decided to join the course YTT 200 hours ,and in here I am learning a lot of new things that I can’t explain one by one . I’m don’t  know what is Yoga philosophy before?
I’m so please I’m learning/studying here at Tirisula yoga course,I learning lots new things.and also I meet lots amazing people this group class.