What is YOGA?

All the things in the world, that a human being can do, then why Yoga?
Everything that human beings can do is essentially an expression of who they are. Someone sings a song other dances, someone writes a book, somebody paints a picture. Everything else we do is an expression of who we are. We may be conscious of it, or maybe unconscious of it but still, everything that we say, everything that we do, everything that comes out of us is essentially an expression of who we are.
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So YOGA,

In that way is diametrically opposite to this because it’s not an expression of who you are; it’s about knowing as to who you are. It’s about knowing as to what you want to be, changing some fundamentals of one’s existence. Today there is medical and scientific evidence to show that practicing different systems of yoga can change some fundamentals of the activity in your brain, your chemistry, even your genetic content. This needed no confirmation because we have always witnessed this, but today there is scientific data to prove this change. So this is not an expression of who you are; this is about knowing the nature of your one wish to whom you wish to be, changing some fundamental ingredients which have made you who you are.

Yoga needs much more involvement than any other things of activity or exercise. In Yoga different forms that we do which are an expression of who we are. If find full expression through any part of yoga, it may also leave you somewhat transformed. If you do something with all your heart, some transformation may happen. Taking care of a cow can change your life, you know? If you sing with all your heart, some transformation may happen. If you dance with your heart, some transformation may happen. But that is only a certain impact that is happening because of absolute involvement in a particular activity, but essentially that activity by nature is an expression of who you are, it is not determining the nature of who you are.

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let's go back thousands of years to the ancient world the first mystics would leave their towns villages and everyday distractions to find solace in the forests there in isolation they studied their own inner experience as they looked within what they found was a myriad of thoughts and emotions just like most people would and also like most people these thoughts seemed to cause anxiety and seemed to serve no real practical purpose with but with vigilant observation the Mystics found that when they stopped feeding their thoughts they started to get quieter and quieter.

They were quite literally changing their state of mind from the inside out the mystics in India called this practice Vipassana which means clear seeing, today we call it meditation now fast-forward to the early 2000s scientists studying the brain and the effect of brain exercises started to make some surprising discoveries, Brain science was still in its infancy and in fact up until late into the 20th century, it was still thought that the brain was solid like concrete unable to change in its structure but then they discovered a phenomenon called brain plasticity it seemed the brain could actually change it could be shaped and rewired by exercise and guess what they found had the power to cause structural changes yep meditation.
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Several studies found a whole host of structural changes in the brains of people who meditated here are some of the changes they found the default mode network which could stimulate wandering and aimless thought grooves was quiet end down the amygdala which processes fear and anxiety reduced in size and activity gray matter in the sensory regions of the brain increased which in turn enhanced sense perception  these were startling discoveries and it became clear that there was something to this ancient practice, after all but it's not just neuroscience the field of psychology also owes some recent developments to this Eastern philosophy the Mystics of old times claimed the simple fact with regular insight you'll see that your thoughts are not real and the recent success of cognitive talk therapy uses this exact same strategy the subject learns to see the falseness of their own repetitive thinking they're simply an interpretation of what is going on not the actuality of what's going on so what's the difference you might ask well say someone next to you makes a sarcastic remark this may trigger you to start thinking about a number of possible explanations and they could all be completely false for example she did that on purpose everyone does this to me they're all planning to keep me down etc..


See how these thoughts lead to other thoughts which multiplied with each other the philosophy of Vipassana is to see that these thoughts are nothing more than stories in your head and as you get better they stop multiplying so quickly but don't be disheartened it takes practice by the way you don't necessarily have to look like a yogi or sit like a pretzel to meditate so whether it's breathing meditation watching meditation dancing or fishing meditation whatever clears your mind is a great place to start all of these techniques contribute to a healthier mind there is something that brain science is starting to substantiate and it's what ancient mystics said all those years ago.
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