Power of Yoga

Yoga is the only thing that keeps me going, that is my journey out from depression.

Depression once brought me down in the dumps from relationship and family problem, weight gain of almost 10 kilograms and I am still struggling to lose them.

Giving up was once my thought and I decided to see psychiatrist. I asked myself, what on earth could lift me back up to running and kicking again. I used to dance ballet when I was in school, flexibility was my strength back then till I stopped dancing from pelvic bone injury. Yoga become my choice that I could make use of and improve again my flexibility and at the same time build up my muscles as well as mental strength and toughness.

This journey is so tough that I always feel negative energy in my body and lack of motivation, only when I am practicing yoga the negative emotions will be temporarily put aside with no harm. That being said, the longer I practice the longer I am temporarily happy, hopefully the closer it is towards a permanent state. It is also driven by the strength I feel from the collective energy of yogis around me. Yoga is more than movement, it is more than just a mat or a set of stretches and balances. My 10 kilograms were gained from binge eating since the start of my depression. Breaking a bad habit often requires inserting a sustainable replacement. For instance, a counselor might recommend that smoker to drink water rather than smoking another cigarette. Gradually and eventually, that person will naturally begin to reach for their cup rather than a cigarette whenever there is a craving. The breaking of bad habits is essential for our wellbeing.

I learnt about the five kleshas (obstacles) that we need to overcome:

 

Kleshas

Sanskrit

Description

Translation

1

Ignorance

Avidya

Lack of discernment, not understanding the way of things

Confusion, bewilderment, delusion

2

Ego

Asmita

Having an inflated opinion of oneself and a disrespectful attitude towards others

Pride, arrogance, conceit

3

Attachment

Raga

Attachment or desire for what we like becomes an affliction when it creates suffering. A healthy need or want is one that gives you happiness, inspires you, and has a lightness to it

Desire, passion

4

Aversion

Dvesha

Aversion for what we don’t like, or for what prevent us from getting what we like, or being unable to bear the accomplishments or good fortune of others

Anger, hatred, jealousy

5

Clinging to life

Abhinivesha

Dilutes focus and interferes with the ability to experience the spiritual freedom

Fear of loss

Healing power of yoga is bound up in self-realization. The kleshas are walls that stand in the way of our self-realization, blocking us or blinding and keeping us from achieving our happiness. The sooner that we achieve self-realization, we overcome the five kleshas, the sooner we can begin to find happiness and peace.

It is easier than a lifetime spent suffering. I believe yoga can be a path to healing, no matter what our core spiritual beliefs might be. The path to knowing You is never a bad one to tread.

 

Shu (aka Sharon Chong)
200hrs YTT, Sept 2017 (Weekend)
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Happiness in Yogic View

Happiness in yoga philosophy or let’s call it santosha which or contentment is a form of self discipline, it can be a skill and practice that not everybody have. Some people feel not happy with their live, grief, divorce or financial strain and they bring it inside their mind all the time and at the end it will affect people around them. Happy people simply just more grateful for what they have and prefer to be content with their lives all the time.

Santosha or contentment is one of the Niyama in Patanjali’s eight limb of yoga, it is a positive relationship towards our inner self. We observed ourself and begin to acknowledge what is inside us to accept every single thing around us, and it won’t stop only at accepting things and be passive but look deeper into it and find the cause within. 

Happiness is not something that you can looking for, you have to brought it yourself inside you. It will be very difficult to come up if someone is always not happy with his own situation. It won’t appear if someone is always disappointed and blamed it on fate as why he/she was born with that situation. Many people have this kind of problem nowadays and thanks to the social media because we will always look at other thing instead of looking at our inner self. There is no gratitude some people life because their ego is so big that overshadowed their judgement.

When you come up at yoga place and you want to find your happiness, it’s hardly possible. There is no fancy pose, enlighten style of yoga, superb book or maybe fantastic guru that can manufacture or create your happiness. It definitely come into you and there is different process for everybody. The feeling of contentment only can be come up if you cultivate gratitude in your life, just start with very simple thing like we grateful for life we have because you don’t know what might happen tomorrow. Grateful that we can practice yoga daily and maintain our body healthy so that we will appreciate everything in our life.

Santosha will only appear when someone is always grateful for everything that happened in his life. How bad is the problem or how big or even if he/ she feel the pressure they will think that everything has a reason. This kind of people will train their mind that nothing can beat them except themselves. This mind exercise can be done in our daily lives and we can start with small things such as in our daily chores that we challenge ourselves to be better, to be more compassionate towards other people and so on.

Most of people not happy with their lives and they tend to blamed it towards outside reason. Thousands of reason will come up, and for each for every reason is always from outside of their self, for example the people around you makes you not happy, the weather or sometimes as simple as the coffee that you drink this morning can makes you not happy. Some people just simply see it as fate that can not be changed, or it is a Higher Power will that it won’t change no matter what. But it can be change because every human being have mission in this world be it grand or just a small, all is matter if it can make different for other lives.

One thing that we always remember is that there is a reason why you are born in this world, every human being have mission. According to Aristotle human being reach their peculiar function if they good at their rational activities and happy with that.Find your function or mission in this world and happiness will sprout out as other people respect you not because who you are but more to what you can do for other people around you. 

Happiness is like a magnet, who will pull other happiness around them, the positive energy will radiate and reflect to your lives and people in your circle. Same as if you feel sad or sick, the energy also trigger other people around you, the glummy face you showed to others will back to you and you will see it as why people do this to you instead you see it as reflection of yourself. Happiness will not come out if you not make it happen, it within you buried deep inside you, and same like onion it has to be peeled of to see their inner self.

There is no other thing to cultivate santosha or happiness rather than exercise it into our daily life, try to count your blessings daily, be grateful with every single things that happen to you and try to look it in a positive way. Enjoy it every single minutes and let it flow as life is too precious to waste it with negativity.

Ingelin Parlina

YTTC August 2017