Aims of Yoga
Yoga offers both the goal and the means to reach it.
Yoga has a diverse range of things that it can offer. It could be said that a primary goal of yoga is to gain balance and control in one’s life. To free one from confusion and distress. To provide a sense of calm that comes from the practice of yogic exercises and the practice of breath control.
The practice of yoga exercises aims at overcoming the limitations of the body. Other forms of exercises are good but good is not enough, they strain the muscles, joints, the entire skeletal system and cause free radical damage at a cellular level.
Yoga however realigns and rejuvenates the body inside and out, yoga frees the mind from the negative feelings caused by the fast pace of modern life.
The practice of yoga installs optimism within you. It helps you to focus better and overcome any obstacles in your way while on your road to perfect health, spiritual contentment, and total well being.
Yoga will teach you that the goal of every individual’s life should be to take the inner journey inside one’s self. When there is perfect harmony between mind and body, we achieve total balance and control.
Yoga teaches us that challenges that we all face indicate themselves in either a physical or mental form. When our physical state is not perfect, this causes an imbalance in our mental state. The practice of yoga helps us to overcome that imbalance.
Yogic poses can cure physical ailments and correct the alignment of the body. By learning the practice of yoga you will become totally responsible for yourself.
Yoga poses tone the whole body, they strengthen bones and muscles, correct posture, improve breathing, and increase energy.
This physical well being has a strengthening
and calming impact on the mind.
Practicing yoga poses cleanses and detoxifies the body, by increasing the circulation of fresh blood through the body, you will be able to cleanse and flush out toxins which are the direct result of an irregular lifestyle, unhealthy habits, and poor posture.
Regular practice of the stretches, twists, bends, and inversions – the basic movements of yoga poses – restores strength and stamina to the body. Poses together with the control of breath, rectify physical, physiological, and psychological disorders.
Asanas are based on the three basic human postures of standing, sitting, or lying down. But they are not a series of movements to be followed mechanically. They have a logic, which must be fully comprehended if the pose is to be practiced correctly. The end result of each pose is achieved when all the parts of the body are positioned correctly, with full understanding of the foundations.
To achieve this, you must look to understand the structure of the pose. Realize the fundamentals by imagining how you will adjust and arrange each part of your body, in the given movements. Then, mould the body to fit the structure of the pose, making sure that the balance between both sides of the body is perfect, until there is no undue stress on any one organ, muscle, bone, or joint, instead they are working together as one.