Yoga is not a fitness exercise but a complete system
Yoga is often mentioned and practiced out of context
Treating yoga as another form of exercise is a farce because the yogic system involves not only exercising the muscular and skeletal systems of the body, but also exercising the internal organs and involuntary systems of the body.
It is a process of bringing what is involuntary in us into the voluntary realm.
So you can have sufficient mastery of the system – then everything in your system slowly begins to occur consciously rather than unconsciously and compulsively.
Yoga is a process of completely overhauling the system so that health and well-being come from within.
Above all, it aligns the physical, mental and pranic (energy) systems in such a way that the source of creation within us finds expression.
Therefore, yoga is not just an exercise, it is a process and a system to improve the human being in a holistic way and to manipulate their energies so that every human being can find their highest potential in themselves. -same.
Reference out of context
To treat yoga as a form of exercise, or even to compare yoga to another exercise system, is completely out of context.
When talking about fitness, it can be of many kinds for different requirements.
For example, a wrestler needs some type of fitness.
A worker on the street needs a different kind of fitness. A frame needs a different level of form. An athlete needs a different kind of fitness.
Fitness is not the same for everyone.
Building muscle and strengthening your body is not fitness. Fitness means that every aspect of you is functioning at its optimal level.
Thus, the yogic system aims to bring an individual to his ultimate possibility and to realize his ultimate potential.
No equipment, no help
The best part about yogic processes is that you don’t need any equipment or help from anyone. If you’re there, that’s enough.
All you need is a three foot by six foot space in which all types of exercises required by the system can be performed.
When you practice Yoga, it is a complete system.
Isha New Zealand Foundation
Isha Foundation New Zealand runs the Isha Inner Engineering and Hatha Yoga programs. It also regularly hosts free Isha Kriya and Isha Upa Yoga practices for the general public. For more information, please call 022-4637811; Website: Visit: www.ishayoga.nz
Sadhguru is a successful yogi, mystic, visionary and author. Ranked among the fifty most influential people in India, he was awarded “Padma Vibhushan”, the second highest civilian honor awarded by the Indian government in 2017.
- Sadguru, one of the world’s most respected yogics (photo provided)
- Indian Border Security Force soldiers practicing yoga at the Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, India
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