by Eirik Yven
Article by Joanne Faye
In modern society nowadays, the pace of life is so hectic and busy. With such hectic schedule, most of us forgot to take good care of our own bodies. This is why yoga has been a popular exercise recently. An ancient text about yoga has been pass down for a very long time; the Yoga Sutras Patanjali.
Yoga sutras Patanjali is a book of 195 phrases is written by Patanjali. The purpose of it if for easy memorization. This text is original written at around 2nd century. Yoga sutras Patanjali is base model for all modern yoga. It has great impact and influences over the development of yoga.
Yoga sutras Patanjali consist of 4 books; Samadhi Pada, Sadhana Pada, Vibhuti Pada and Kaivalya Pada. Samadhi Pada explain the fundamental of yoga. It talks about the disciplines of yoga. We need to know that yoga is not only about the poses and stretching. There are 3 elements required in yoga practice, poses, breathe and also concentration. This is the way we can recreate the connection back to our bodies. Therefore this can be the most important and basic philosophy of the Yoga sutras Patanjali. Without these, yoga will be no different from other exercises.
In the book of Sadhana Pada, Kriya yoga is first introduced and also the eight limbs of yoga first described. The word Sadhana is practice in Sanskrit. Basically, this book is also about practice. The very purpose of Kriya yoga is to achieve enlightenments or awareness of our being in the universe. This form of yoga is often related to Buddhist and Hindu studies because it is practice by monk in order to achieve peacefulness and enlightenments.
The third book Vibhuti pada is the book about power. There are so many abilities described in the text that seem impossible to us now. But if we take a closer look at Vibhuti Pada, it emphasizes the awareness of our bodies and awakening of our senses. With the awareness, we can synchronize with the energy around us and achieve unity with the universe.
The final book of Yoga sutras Pata njali is Kaivalya Pada, the book for isolation and liberation. Isolation means the isolation of mind from manifestations of material, a pure consciousness of mind. In this books also explain the structure of minds and how it works. If you heard or read about the laws of attraction, you know many of our condition manifests from our mind. In fact this theory is similar to Kaivalya Pada.
Yoga is often regarded as merely an exercise. But the wisdom behind yoga is so wide and deep. It is design not only for our bodies but also for our minds. Not all of us are interested in having enlightenment now, but it is indeed a good exercise for you to connect back with your own body.
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