Yoga is a practice that has been around for centuries and is still relevant today due to its many benefits. People have always been fascinated with the idea of using yoga to help manage stress, reduce disease, improve health and find greater mental peace. But what exactly makes yoga so fascinating?
Likes and Dislikes
When we are born into this world, we come with both likes and dislikes. We can often become overwhelmed by our own preferences because they can cause us suffering when things don’t go our way. Yoga teaches us how to look beyond these attachments and concentrate on the present moment instead. It encourages acceptance of various points-of-view as well as cultivating an understanding that everything changes in life; nothing stays the same forever. In this manner, yoga helps us deal with our emotions in healthier ways rather than reacting impulsively out of anger or fear – leading to personal growth and transformation over time.
Beauty of Yoga
The beauty of Yoga lies in its ability to be adapted by everyone regardless of age or physical condition – meaning there is something for everyone! While some may prefer physical postures (Asanas) others might enjoy more meditative practices such as breathing techniques (Pranayama), mudras (symbolic hand gestures) or chanting mantras (sacred sounds). No one path needs to be followed; if something resonates you follow it otherwise you try something else until you find what works best for your body type & energy level at any given moment in time.
Finally one key takeaway from practicing yoga regularly is that it leads to maintaining mental balance regardless external circumstances like stress, disease etc., If practiced diligently it brings relaxation & inner calmness which can eventually lead a person towards spiritual enlightenment. This ‘enlightenment’ will eventually make way towards removing sufferings from their life while bringing long lasting happiness within oneself irrespective any external stimuli because they know how to maintain their internal environment without getting affected by things outside their control anymore!
Is yoga another victim of social media? This is a very important question that has to be answered. We are in the digital era, leaded by the image where the deepest knowledge is under the threat of the most fascinating yoga-asana picture. This is because we are overwhelmed by the social media on which many people rely as if it is the only reliable source of information. Very often people choose a yoga teacher according to the fascinating Instagram profile the yoga teacher has and not according to the yoga teacher’s knowledge. Hence, it is pretty sure that yoga is also another victim of social media.
One image is equal to thousand words
We are going through the times of digital marketing. The dominance of image is prominent. For that the very well-educated teachers who are not body-flexible and which do not post their physical abilities on social media, they are mostly rejected by the practitioners. On the other hand there are extremely flexible yoga-teachers who lack, even the basic, knowledge but the practitioners prefer them because their social media are full of impressive pictures. Most of the times these apparently impressive pictures are so much edited and with so many filters applied that have no relation with the original one. Hence, it is obvious that in the people’s subconscious yoga-practice is related to flexibility and that good yoga teachers are those who can bind their body like a knot. But it is not so. This is just another proof that yoga is also a victim of social media.
The Yoga product
The last decades the demand of yoga has been notably increased.
When there is increase demand of a product (yoga), market expands the supply of commodities (yoga styles) to satisfy the needs. But this does not always guarantee the quality of the product! In the current times of rapid commercialism yoga has been turned into a ‘yoga-product’ to serve the demands of market. Yoga philosophy is almost forgotten, yoga tradition is mixed with other traditions and yoga practice has undergone so many changes that it reminds more acrobatics or circus rather than positions that will lead us to understand our higher level of consciousness.
Choose as per your will
There are so many misconceptions around yoga practice which may divert practitioners from the ultimate goal of yoga, that is self-realization, to a body-eccentric exercise. And it is completely fine, because not everyone wants to reach the ultimate goal, but everybody should understand the difference between a holistic yoga practice and a body-eccentric yoga practice. Each and every one is free to choose as per will the suitable yoga practice. But are you sure that you are choosing as per your will? Are you sure that your will has not been hijacked and manipulated by virtual world of the social media? Are you sure that you are not caught up in the trap of ‘yoga-lism’? I understand that it is easier to focus externally (on the body fit, strength, beauty, etc.) because this is what we are taught since our childhood, to look outside. No one has never taught us how to focus internally, to observe our feelings, to understand our needs. That is why we will be attracted by the surface (image), rather than by the depth.
Social media are useful
On the other hand social media have helped the ‘yoga-product’ to become famous. Through social media the yoga practitioners get the chance to interact with many yoga teachers around the world, with whom they would not have been able to contact without social media. In the virtual world of social media yoga teachers offer many free live classes which help the yoga practitioners to have a taste from different styles and teachers, in the comfort of their home. In the ‘social-pedia’ yoga knowledge is spreading in abundance but not every time accurately. That is why before you adopt an information double check it and before you choose yoga teacher think, understand deeply your needs and then decide accordingly.