If you know anything about yoga, you know that the practice itself didn’t begin when places like Power Yoga or Yoga Works sprung up around the country. In fact, yoga has been around for 6 or 7 thousand years. That said, places like the aforementioned as well as thousands of others that now dot the United States thankfully brought this amazing physical and meditative practice to popularity in the West. And of course, with most anything basking in the light of popularity, there are going to be some myths that need clarification.
In this recent Fox Business post, Casey Dowd takes a stab at debunking 7 of them. According to Dowd, while yoga is not necessarily a sport, its physical components are important; they are meant to help a person to prepare for mental and spiritual development.
2. The physical side of yoga is the most important part: Although the practice of yoga postures is the most commonly known aspect of yoga, it is not the most important part. In fact, the ancient system of yoga begins with the understanding and practice of moral precepts and living a life in harmony with self and society.
The foundation of yoga lies on the observance of principles such as not harming others, acting in the spirit of welfare, non stealing, non accumulation of excessive physical wealth, viewing all things as an expression of Consciousness, purity of mind, contentment, and selfless service.
If you can learn how to live in harmony with those around you, and at the same time work on your own inner development, then the other components of yoga (postures, concentration and meditation) can be practiced with the best possible effects.
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