“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga is a way of life…it is not removed from it. One does not need to feel disappointed or frustrated considering one’s limitations with regard to physical health, shape and size of the body, lack of time, lack of space, unavailability of the teacher and so on. Yoga in fact is the means to overcome all these problems. Yoga includes every aspect of life. Yoga touches everything in life. All healing methods and meditations are part and parcel of yoga. Yoga is like the sun itself, which brightens everything that comes into contact with it.
What is Yoga
Bhagwad Gita, a very widely known classical text on Yoga, gives various definitions of Yoga.
1. Yoga is equanimity of mind in success and failure.
2. Yoga is discretion in work.
3. Yoga is the remover of misery and destroyer of pain.
4. Yoga is the supreme secret of life.
5. Yoga is serenity.
6. Yoga is the giver of infinite happiness.
Patanjali the author of the classical yoga Text, The Yoga Sutras, defines Yoga as, “complete control over patterns or modifications of consciousness.”