What is yoga?
Where does it come from?
Is there a philosophy or a religion behind it? Any rules?
Are there different ways to practice it? What about meditation?
These were just some of the questions and doubts I had about yoga before (and even after) I started approaching it with some real commitment.
I personally found out that from the moment I began improving my understanding of what it consists in, I was also able to appreciate increased benefits from my daily practice.
Somewhere I read:
“Yoga is learning to come back to yourself. It’s finding your limits, expanding your boundaries, and being able to truly relax into who you are. It’s about taking time to remember who you are but have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast-paced life”.
(The Classic Yoga Bible)
It sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
Well, to me yoga is a matter of connection and balance. And who wouldn’t like to live in a perfect balance with ourselves, body and mind, and the world outside?
Yoga does help make us feel harmonious, integrated, and complete. However, reaching this state is not truly possible if we only focus on balance from a physical point of view.
Indeed, I believe that if we make a little effort to increase our awareness of the different aspects of this practice, the above-mentioned harmony can come much closer to us. In other words, Yoga starts from the mind. And this is what makes it such an amazing thing!
I created “Yogapedia” with the intention to dedicate it to some yoga knowledge for all those readers that share my same curiosity, and want to embrace yoga a bit more in depth.
Reading yoga books, attending yoga classes, but still thinking all those Sanskrit words do not make any sense?
Don’t worry, there’s some good news: you are not the only one!!!
Check Platylingo, a list of the most common Sanskrit vocabulary that you will read in books and articles, and listen during your yoga class.