Yoga Pose

KarmaTops

West End, Australia

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Yoga means Union and really points to the toes.. oops I mean to the equilibrium of our lives, mind body and soul. Unified Consciousness.

However, most people, In the West, when they think of Yoga think it’s about the selfies oops… I mean poses, the physical exercises. Asanas or yoga poses are actually a recent addition to the Hatha Yoga system (which originated around 400 Ad).

Hatha Yoga was born of the yoga sutras, by Patanjali ( a yogic scholar) which are a designed to help one live a rich and fulfilling healthy life. Union with life. Or for the serious practitioner Enlightenment. They are derived from the ancient yogic principles.

Yoga was developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India more then 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas are a compilation of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmans, the Vedic priests – which were refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishis (mystic seers) who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads – famous yogis texts.

Asanas were created by an Indian yogi – Yogi Swatmarama in recent centuries and are not found anywhere in earlier texts. They are an excellent addition to the yogas as they promote a supple body and help with physical health.

So as the saying goes “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down” I drew this picture one morning when I was feeling despondent and didn’t really want to do much, but had a lot to do. It’s called Uttanasana pose which comes from the Sanskrit uttana, which means “intense stretch” and asana, which means “a seat” or “posture.”

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