“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
Good morning peeps, meditation done.
Quote for the Day:
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
The world seems to be such a divided place at the moment, Brexit, Trump, religious and racial hatred, referendums about this referendums about that.
It is enough to drive you to despair.
It is time for us to show more love and compassion to ensure humanity survives,
One way we can achieve this is through the practice of yoga, which I have strived to do on a daily basis for the last 10 years.
The meaning of Yoga is “union”.
It is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” meaning “to join”, “to unite
Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonising system of development for the
Body, Mind, and Spirit.
The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda. but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements.
The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century
Yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali refers to Ashtanga yoga.
Patanjali’s writing became the basis for a system referred to as Ashtanga Yoga (“Eight-Limbed Yoga”).
This eight-limbed concept is derived from the 29th Sutra of the Book 2 of Yoga Sutras.
1. Yama – The five “abstentions”
Ahimsa (Non-violence, non-harming other living beings), Satya (truthfulness, non-falsehood),
Brahmacharya (celibacy, fidelity to one’s partner),
Aparigrah (non-avarice, non-possessiveness).
2. Niyama – The five “observances”
Śauca (purity, clearness of mind, speech and body),
Santosha (contentment, acceptance of others and of one’s circumstances),
Tapas (persistent meditation, perseverance, austerity),
Svādhyāya (study of self, self-reflection, study of Vedas),
Ishvara-Pranidhana (contemplation of God/Supreme Being/True Self).
3. Asana – Literally means “seat” and in Patanjali’s Sutras refers to the seated position used for meditation.
4. Pranayama – “Suspending Breath”
āyāma, to restrain or stop. Also interpreted as control of the life force.
5. Pratyahara -“Abstraction” Withdrawal of the sense organs from external objects
6. Dharana – “Concentration” Fixing the attention on a single object.
7. Dhyana – “Meditation” Intense contemplation of the nature of the object of meditation.
8. Samadhi – “Liberation” merging consciousness with the object of meditation.
I try to execute the asanas or poses of the Ashtanga Primary Series everyday I get on my mat to practice on my own.
I find by showing love and compassion to myself through the practice of yoga it helps me show love and compassion to others.
When I teach other people, I teach my own style of a Vinyasa Free Flowing Yoga based on the traditional poses of Ashtanga, interlaced with free flowing moves and uplifting music, by artists like Erykah Badu, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley, designed to control your breathing, reduce stress and help you sleep better at night, whilst creating more energy, strength and flexibility to help you look good, lose weight and feel great.
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Have a Superb Saturday peeps and a Wonderful Weekend
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