Etymologically, Yoga means “union with the Divine Spirit.” Yoga originated thousands of years ago in ancient India which involves mental, physical and spiritual disciplines or practices. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva is the Supreme Lord of Yoga. Yoga is recommended for preventing as well as controlling several health issues and can lead to the improvement of some medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, back pain; osteoarthritis, asthma, bronchitis, weight loss and many more. Yoga also promotes relaxations and reduces stress in oneself. With spiritual being, one can get the greatest healing in life. Yoga is a beautiful way of lifestyle aiming to develop a healthy body and soul. It connects mental and physical disciplines to achieve a balanced state of both. Immerse yourself in the deepest arena of serenity and harmony through yoga.
Five stages of practice can help us acquire a deeper level of silence within:
- Body awareness;
- Body and breath awareness combined;
- Breath awareness alone;
- Breathing combined with mantra;
- Mantra alone.
During yoga and meditation practice, even beginning students notice a shift toward silence—their minds are relieved by a sense of quieting down. But first impressions of silence in yoga gradually lead to the realization that for lasting peace, many layers of mental activity will need to be digested.
This experience of silence is amplified by concentration. Conversely, when concentration is abandoned, silence is diminished as well. A mantra, then, is a sound that leads to silence. This silence, gradually acquired through an awakening of the inner observer, is both transforming and lasting. It is the culmination of a climb to a higher place—a place that, like Cadillac Mountain, gives a breathtaking view of a dawning light.