Why Yoga is a secret

The popularity of the modern postural forms of asana practice have led to the belief that Yoga is a kind of physical exercise originating in India. However the ancient texts give short thrift to Asanas and postures, instead concentrating on Yoga as a mental activity. Yoga is defined by the Sage Patanjali as the ability to control attention. So, what we are doing with our attention is much more important than what we are doing with our body, when we practice Asana. If we are thinking of something else, then we are not doing yoga, even if that something else, is the next asana. Yoga is the art of being present. Yoga uses the body and the breath to give the mind something to focus on, particularly the breath. By controlling the breath, we control the mind. If the breath becomes rapid or varied, it means that it is no longer being controlled by the mind. In this view, the purpose of Asana is twofold, by relaxing and strengthening the body, it ceases to disturb the mind and by steadily increasing the physical effort it creates greater breath control and the ability to stay present and relaxed even in difficult circumstances is achieved. So, when the mind is resting in the breath, which is steady and controlled, and the body is stable and relaxed, we are doing Yoga, the only person who knows when this is achieved, is you, which is why it is a secret.


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