yoga....the fountain of youth

After 25 years as I medical doctor I have some wisdom I would like to share.

Put your energy into preventative medicine today. Do Yoga.

What is yoga? Perhaps it is not what you think. Empty your mind for a moment.
Take a deep breath.

The purpose of yoga is to “calm the fluctuations of the mind”, according to the sage Patanjali, author of The Yoga Sutras.
You may know that yoga means “union”. Union of what?
Union of the individual self with the Cosmic Self.

How do we get there?

Practice, practice, practice.

Yoga is much more than hatha yoga, the asanas (poses) familiar in the yoga studio. In fact, hatha yoga is only one eighth of the eight limbs of yoga taught by Patanjali.
The eight elements of yoga are as follows:

1. The Yamas
Yama here refers to moral conduct. Yama is fulfilled by truthfulness, respecting others, and sharing.

2. Niyamas
Niyama refers to spiritual observances. Niyama prescribes contentment in all circumstances, purity of body-mind, self-discipline, self-study, and devotion.

3. Asanas
Asana means “right posture”, essential for meditiaion.
Asanas are the yoga “poses” familiar to many of us. Asana practice does far beyond healthy posture. This yoga strengthens muscles and bones, massages our organs and promotes cardiovascular conditioning.

4. Pranayama
Prana means life force. Control your prana, control your life force.
This is accomplished by learning special breath techniques like breath of fire and yogic (deep) breathing.

5.Pratyahara
The literal meaning here is withdrawal of the senses from external objects.
This yoga uses means to shut off one or all of the five senses to focus our attention and energy inwards.
Close your eyes. Plug your ears. Withdraw the external stimuli and there is no where else to go but inward!

6. Dharana
Concentration, holding the mind to one thought.

7. Dhyana
Meditation

8. Samadhi
Superconscious experience, nirvana, turiya, the transcendental state,
heaven-on-earth.

“Yoga is simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being I have ever seen.” (from the wonderful book, Yoga As Medicine, by Timothy McCall M.D.).

Where to start….borrow a yoga dvd from the library, go to a yoga class.
Just Go.

Then experience physical peace, mental peace and spiritual peace.

om shanti, shanti, shanti,

harrison

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