FAQs about Meditation and the Sutras
Posted on April 16 2019
You’ve probably heard of the term mindfulness and immediately thought of yoga. The association is by nature and it’s not wrong to say you’re meditating when you’re doing yoga. However, meditation is only one part of yoga. The other half comprises of the sutras, which can be considered as a theoretical aspect of meditation.
If you’re feeling a little lost then read on. Today we’re answering all your commonly asked questions about meditation and the sutras.What is yoga?
Let’s start with the basics. The word yoga stems from the Sanskrit term yuj, which means to bind or fuse something together. Yoga is essentially a combination of body movements, meditation, and breathing techniques that help channel the energy in our sutras.What are the yoga sutras?
The sutras are a collection of 195 statements that form the authoritative book on yoga and its philosophy. The book was compiled by an Indian sage near 2,000 years ago. According to the sutras there are eight limbs or functions of yoga namely;
- Yamas(the praxis of restraint)
- Niyamas(duties for inner positivity)
- Asana(physical postures)
- Pranayama(breathing techniques),
- Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyani (meditation)
- Samadhi(state of oneness)
What is the meaning of Om?
Om is a mantra that’s chanted before and after each yoga session. The sound, according to Hindu mythology, is considered as the sound of the universe. It mimics the rhythmic vibration of all things living and is a reminder of our connection with them.
Nope. Yoga is a philosophy that first emerged in India around 5,000 years ago. In classical yoga, an Indian sage by the name of Patanjali compiled the sutras that now serve as the framework for attaining mastery over the mind and body.
What do I need to do to begin yoga?
All you really need is the motivation to get started. Find yourself a pair of women's fitness leggings and a low impact sports bra and plop down on a yoga mat. You don’t really need any special footwear since yoga is traditionally done barefoot. All you have to do is follow the instructor and breathe.
Can I do yoga postures if I’m not flexible?
Yes, you can! Many people are hesitant to take up a simple yoga and meditation class because they think doing yoga is akin to being a contortionist. Once you begin, you’ll slowly develop the flexibility you need. Just remember to wear easy-going clothes that support your flexibility while you practice.
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