The Meaning of Yoga – Explained in Simple Terms

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Many of us have the habit of looking outside of ourselves for satisfaction. We live in a world that programs us to believe that “things” outside of our inner selves can give us happiness. Though experiences prove to us that nothing outside of our inner selves can completely fulfill the natural and deep longing for true happiness, many of us get caught up in doing rather than being… in action rather than self-awareness.

It is often difficult to picture our lives in a state of calm. Yet it is through a state of calm and silence that we are able to finally reach the level of deep and true happiness that we naturally long for. This ancient and spiritual practice offers a direct path to stilling the disruptive turbulence of thoughts and restlessness in the body that keeps us from knowing who and what we truly are.

Since many of us are accustomed to looking outward and our energies and awareness are aimed outward, our minds rely on the things we are focused on. We must learn to reverse the outward flow of energy and consciousness and look inward to tap into our inner selves, giving way to self-discovery, our interconnectedness with the world around us, and ultimate peace and happiness.

There are numerous types of yoga, with varying focuses. One commonly practiced type is Hatha Yoga, which features a system of physical postures, or asanas, whose purpose is to purify the body and give the person practicing awareness and control over their internal state, ultimately helping to prepare the mind for meditation.

Another type of yoga is Yoga Nidra, also commonly referred to as “yogic sleep.” Yoga Nidra is a restorative mediation that guides you into conscious awareness of each part of the body in order to achieve deep and effortless relaxation. Yoga Nidra is not about falling asleep. Yoga Nidra in fact induces a deep state of relaxation and inner awareness. Yoga Nidra helps to flush toxins out of the body, offers an opportunity to learn about oneself intimately, aids in physical and emotional healing, can ease symptoms of various psychological conditions, is a simple way to reduce stress, and is easy to incorporate into your daily life.

We offer both Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra, in addition to various other offerings, and invite you to sit on your mat with us and allow us to guide you through these practices.

 

 

 

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