Carolina Epikhina

YOGA. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Hello dear readers.

A great deal has been written about yoga and much is known.

Legends tell us that the gods of ancient India brought this system to people many thousands of years ago.

In the pantheon of the gods of Hinduism, the god Shiva is considered the founder of yoga on Earth. He initiated people into this wonderful teaching.

Since that ancient time, someone chose the path of yoga for themselves for the perfection of the body, someone achieved success in managing their emotions and feelings, someone was engaged in the development of their souls.

Many legends tell us about the sages of the past who took the light of yoga knowledge from the hands of Shiva himself. These ancient sages led an amazing life, perceived the world joyfully, like children, were full of love, purity and kindness. The sages limited their needs and called their lifestyle ascetic. The sages lived in unity with nature and were an example of the right behavior for others.

This correct behavior included the rejection of violence and theft, honesty, self-discipline, ease of dress and communication.

One of such eminent sages was Patanjali.

There were thousands of different directions of yoga in India in those distant times. Unfortunately, the oral tradition of knowledge transfer prevailed in ancient India.

The work of Patanjali “Yoga Sutra” is considered one of the oldest manuals on yoga that has come down to our generation. Patanjali was able to present the ancient art of yoga in such a short form that expressed the essence of the issue.

Thus, Patanjali identified the main areas of yoga and the eight main parts of yoga, which he called the Steps of Yoga.

In ancient times, however, as now, everyone interpreted yoga according to their own understanding. Patanjali took the liberty of compiling many yoga treatises into one manuscript. He systematized the scattered knowledge and showed the meaning and potential of the achievements of the Yoga Path.

Almost all masters of our time learn Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra” and practice according to its aphorisms.

In yoga practice, mood is very important. I recommend that you apply various positive affirmations that will help you switch from normal social life to spiritual practice.

For example:

Gratitude for every day is the key to the victory of my soul.

The radiance of health and happiness comes from me. Rest and peace are an important part of my life.

Openness to good leads me to harmony and order.

Letting go of the past, I heal painful memories. I let go of resentment and regret.

Today is a new day, and my soul is open to its generosity.

The cleansing of my mind is the key to cleansing and healing my body.

Change in me is the key to change in my environment. The fruits of my labor bring joy.

True love is free and brings freedom.

Like attracts like. Thoughts full of benevolence attract good.

Knowing the truth gives me freedom.

Peace gives me confidence that all is well.

A positive attitude is the best defense in all circumstances.

By receiving what I desire, I contribute to universal happiness.

Understanding the laws of life shows me the right path.

Understanding what is happening helps me rise above life’s circumstances.

In the midst of any changes, I remain calm and balanced. The flow of life carries me forward.

Growth opportunities are open all around me.

Making the right decisions, I feel light and calm inside.

Yoga is the key to self-exploration, to an internal search for physical purification, in the healing and purification practices of yoga and healing. The practitioner seeks to purify his feelings, consciousness, control himself – it is very difficult and important, you need a lot of natural forces for this – pranayama and pratyahara help in this. The regularity of classes is important with a mentor, with whom you feel a surge of joy, enlightenment in thoughts and feelings, that at that time and in the place where you are happy and full – these feelings are the criteria for choosing one or those with whom you practice. You gain knowledge about the structure and capabilities of your body, study the movements in which every cell of the body is involved, and the desire to learn grows in you and makes you stronger.