What is yoga and why are we practicing it?
“Yoga is an ancient system of philosophy, lifestyle and techniques that evolves the whole person, the physical, the vitality, the mind and emotions, wisdom, ethics and a higher quality of relationships, and the realization of the spiritual reality of each of us.
According to the yogic tradition, evolution is a systematic process through which we learnt to harmonize ourselves. It is a process through which we develop the ability to express our qualities optimally and creatively.” Swami Niranjan
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Ancient Yogic Scriptures from the 2nd Century BCE) discusses the qualities of the mind and how we can influence it. As mentioned before Yoga is defined as “stilling the changes of the mind” in the Yoga Sutras. Why is that important to us? According to the Yogic philosophy our actions are determined through either “correct understanding/perception”(Vidya) or “incorrect understanding/perception”(Avidya).