What is Yoga ?
Yoga is becoming popular in all parts of the world. For the restless mind it gives solace. For the sick, it is a boon. For the common man it is the fashion of the day to keep himself fit and handsome. Some use it for developing memory, intelligence and creativity. Specialist uses it to unfold deeper layers of consciousness in their move towards perfection. Promotion of positive health is being nurtured by many who do not want to be the victims of modern ailments. Yoga is playing a vital role in this aspect in the new millennium.
The term Yoga has its verbal root as Yujin in Sanskrita. Yuj means joining, What are the entities that are joined? In the traditional terminology it is joining of Jivatma with the individual self with the universal SELF- Paramatma.
According to Patanjali, Yoga is a conscious process of gaining mastery over the mind. Sri Aurobindo also emphasizes an all-round personality development at the physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. He means by Yoga a methodical effort towards self-perfection by the development of the potentialities latent in the individual. Thus, Yoga is:
- a process for elevating oneself through calming of mind,
- also the very states of higher; subtler layers of mind, and
- conceived as a creative power in man and that of the reality itself.