Article by Maria Jones

Yoga dates back to before prerecorded history. It enables one to live in balance in this world. By inspiring deep security and peace yoga enables the mind to function at its heighest level.Yoga is the method by which we transcend the veil of illusion.The yoga system of exercise can be compared to none other with its beneficial effect on the body.There are so many different forms of yoga nowadadys though for thousands of years yoga has ahad anly one name, yoga. It has become fashionable though still should not be forgotten for what it is. The word in sanskrit means union, Yuj is how it is spelt in sanksrit.Union, of ones own body mind and spirit with the universal mind and spirit.Designed to enable one to sit in meditation for many hours with no physical discomfort or pain, yoga allows one to feel at peace and bliss regardless of the circumstances one finds oneself in. One of the operating principles of yoga is detachment, detachment from pain and pleasure.Through immersing in the posture through the breath one find a connection with the inner self, the connection between body and spirit, the connection between mind and soul.Yoga is practiced across all nations across the world. Though origianting in India it is practiced widely in the East and West. Despite the many forms of yoga, yoga in itself remains one. Differerent postures, also known as asanas are practiced and these provide mental and physical benefits. Pranaygama is practiced for breath control, and regulating the breathe brings great peace and harmony to the nervous system.It is said that yoga is over five thousand years old. It has been practiced by all types of people and in many different ways. It is also said to be a Tantric pathTantra is the path of spiritual ecstacy thorugh sexuality. One yogic principle is non violence, another yogaic principle is detachment, another yogic principle is honesty. Other yogic principles include austerity, conctentment, purity and concentration.The aim of all yoga is to achieve the truth wherein the individual soul identifies with changeless spirit.Jnana yoga is intellectual knowledge of the truth, bhakti yoga is devotional and often expressed through singing and dancing, karma yoga is service, and hatha yoga is physical exerciseMeditaiton soon becomes the most blissful experience in ones life. It is pracitced through focusing the mind one pointed on a point of focus, either the breath, a mantra or a candle flame for example.Thorugh practicing meditiation one gains control of the mind. We think that through harnessing the power of electricity we have control though through harnessing the powers of the mind we gain much more.Meditaiton should be practiced for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.Through praciticing meditation ones clairvoyance is developed though ones mind should still remain one pointed and not be distracted by lights and visionsA daily practice of yoga and meditaiton together with a balanced diet bring great peace health and tranquility to the mind and soul. Ones soul finds eternal peace in identifying with changeless spirit and the health of the body remain stable and constant.

About the Author

Francesca Marks is asked to instruct yoga and meditation all over the world. Having pracaticed all her life, it is a natural course of life for her. Her students rate her as one of the best yoga teachers in the world. Her style is clear, dynamic, strong and concise. All throughout her life she was travel in amongst many cultures, finding the root of universal consciousness in all, transcending diffences.Yoga, Yoga, Yoga

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