The word Yoga is heard mostly in relation to fitness and health. Most people are aware that Yoga is a form of exercise and that it was developed in India. But this definition is far from complete. Fitness is merely one of the parts of Yoga.
The word Yoga means “unity”. Yoga is all about uniting oneself with God. The different types of Yoga are merely different pathways that help us to accomplish this goal.
Although Yoga does teach us how to lead a healthy lifestyle, the main aim of Yoga is to help us attain oneness with the supreme. Yoga is about all about spirituality, sacrifice, love and dedication. A proper study of Yoga can help unlock humankind’s fullest potential and ensure that we can rise above this earthly shell and realize the divinity that is present in each one of us.
In order to better understand the philosophy and depth of Yoga it is necessary to study the spiritual laws on which the practice of Yoga is based. Let us look at some of the spiritual laws of Yoga and what they mean.
Brahman is the ultimate state of being. All human beings have the potential to achieve this state. The practice of Yoga allows a person to realize his or her fullest potential and live a fulfilling life.
The universe is in a constant state of transition. Change is an inevitable part of life.
Yoga allows us to recognize that everything is transitory. In this way it exhorts us not to form undue attachment to any one aspect of life but to embrace all of life and the changes it brings. This is one of the most positive messages of Yoga and allows the individual to transcend the shackles of earthly desires and restraints.
The word Dharma in the context of nature refers to the laws of nature. Yoga holds the path of Dharma in highest esteem, for when an individual follows this path, he or she not only not only contributes towards the development of the self but also towards the development of the entire world.
Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. Thousands of years before he formulated this law, Yoga gave rise to the principle of Karma. Karma refers to the fact that nothing exists in isolation. Every action, no matter how small, generates repercussions. Therefore, Yoga teaches the individual to carefully weigh the consequences of every action before it is carried out.