- Not a few people have little notion what
Yoga is really all about.
- There are those who think Yoga is nothing
else but standing on one's head or sitting somewhere in a Buddha-like posture without
moving. Some people will add this posture is a so-called meditation posture, though they
haven't got an inkling of why...
- There are those who think Yoga is some kind
of physical education and is meant to relax.
- Some think Yoga is meant to keep young and
is some kind of "antidote" for their corpulence. They think they can become lean
as a rake again...
- Again, there are those - among them quite a
lot of doctors - who are of the opinion Yoga is some kind of therapy. Some even think Yoga
is a miraculous cure that can help people to get rid of all their problems in the turn of
- There are those who see Yoga as a means to
get some rest for their over-excited nervous system, to control their emotions, to enhance
their strength of will...
- Others again are craving for inner peace and
would like to live like a contemplative...
- There are even those "enlightened
souls" who feel attracted to Yoga because they think truth can only be found in the
East and that every Hindu possesses the truth from his birth...
- In short, great demands are made on Yoga,
the possible and the impossible, the reasonable and the unreasonable.
- The amazing thing is Yoga indeed can give
you quite a great deal of all what has just been summed up.
- How come?
- Unlike our ultra-modern and
"chipped" as it were society, in which all our actions run the risk of being
categorized and labelled with an impersonal code, Yoga does not focus on developing only
one of man's aspects, but on all his aspects. Yoga focuses on every walk of life:
physical, mental, moral and spiritual. If one lives (!) the Science of Yoga in the correct
way - an adamant and unconditional surrender without a shadow of doubt -, then indeed Yoga
will bring peace, vigour, happiness, health and stability, poise. Not from one day to the
next, no, for Yoga is a process of growing steadily, of ripening.
- Yoga has nothing whatsoever to do with
acrobatics, is no fancy fashion, no whims and tricks, no ascetism, no gymnastics, no
physical education, no secret Eastern hocus-pocus.
- Yoga does not solve all problems of life,
but sheds new light on them, so as to make it possible for us to tackle with them in a
different but much more efficient way.
- Yoga is a remarkable school of discipline
that confronts you with someone you know so little of - yourself.
- Yoga is a way of life.
You can read more about these ideas in
The Science of Yoga or
Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali
by I. K. Taimni.