My Journey of Transformation through Yoga
by Dr. Reetu Verma
Yoga has gained immense popularity in the last decade. Just take a look at the number of yoga studios mushrooming in conjunction with the gyms.
However, to me, yoga is so much more than just spending 60 minutes on a rubber mat a few times a week.
The consensus is that yoga is great as a physical exercise and for our body image and is also known to benefit the mind (positive thinking). While all that is true, yoga has taken me beyond the body-mind concept. My experience has been that with the complete practice of the ancient principles diligently, we grow as individuals, as souls, and as human beings.
You may ask how is this possible? Well, today on United Nations International Day of Yoga (21st June), take some time to reflect on the meanings of the word “Yoga”, derived from the Sanskrit language.
(i) “Yoga” is “union”, “to unite”, “to connect”.
(ii) “Yoga is the removal of the fluctuations of the mind”.
Firstly, what is it that we are connecting to? The thing we most look to connect to is thy Self (also known as the divine essence, atman, spirit or the soul).
Secondly, yoga is the stilling of the mind. When the fluctuations of the mind are totally removed, we experience oneness – union with everything and everyone.
This is exactly what has taken place with me over the last few years; I have experienced transformations within, as my connection to the divine strengthened. However, the game-changer for me was the famous definition of Yoga by Patanjali, which kept playing in my head:
“When you are steadfast in your abstention of your thoughts of harm directed towards yourself and others, all living creatures will cease to feel fear in your presence”.
I took this statement as being divine love. As I become more and more aware of this and integrated it into my daily life through the practice of the traditional yoga principles, the result was the experience of the divine essence within; the oneness. Divine love is nothing more than the desire to merge (yoga) with the divine – this has nothing to do with any religion, this is about union with yourself, your creator, with everyone, with nature, with all.
In short, yoga is a practice of benefiting and transforming every aspect of our lives. It is about learning to be more kind, more loving and peaceful within; and with that energy, you will not only transform yourself, but you will benefit everything and everyone around you.
Namaste beautiful souls 🙏
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