Embrace it, approve of it, adore it, accept it. Find inspiration in your life, the way you find inspiration in the eyes of your beloved. Treat it with reverence and respect it.
Don’t throw it away, don’t abuse it, don’t waste it or neglect it.
Dedicate yourself to it. And when you have begun to truly love your life, then offer it as a service to the world so that everyone else can be as happy as you are.
We are all responsible for the way our world is today. One-off gestures don’t make a difference; we have to change our attitudes. The transformation must begin at the individual level, and filter out like a ripple across a lake. Serve the world with love and knowledge; it’s our responsibility to uplift ourselves and our world.
A daily yoga routine must involve all principles of yoga. This means that you must:
-begin with a warm-up by doing gentle stretches, eye-exercises and neck rolls
-start asanas – a cycle of postures which include sitting and standing positions
-relax the body gradually after the postures
-start pranayam, or breathing techniques
-sit in padmasan (lotus position) for meditation
All this must be done on an empty stomach, and any food a yogi eats must be sattvic (pure, light, vegetarian).
Yoga means ‘union with the universe’. It is a system of living which provides for the mental, spiritual and physical well-being of human souls.
Yoga was related through the Vedas and Upanishads (ancient Hindu texts). It was practised by holy men in India over 5000 years ago. The Hindus believe in four types of yoga: karma, bhakti, gyani and raja. Now many more variations have been created within these four frameworks.
Karma yoga is the yoga of action (do unto others as you would have done unto you; as the Bible also says, ‘whatever a man soweth, that shall he reap’).
Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and self-sublimation in God’s love.
Gyani yoga is the yoga of mental understanding of how the universe works.
Raja yoga is a combination of all of the above and combines dhyana (meditation) with asanas (postures) as well as pranayama (regulation of breathing for maximum benefit).
The world is said to be created by Brahma, sustained by Vishnu and destroyed by Shiva. Yoga helps us to tune into the cosmic energies so that we can easily embrace and deal with the reality of birth, life and death. It helps us to lead a life that is meaningful and joyous. Yoga is about personal awareness and experience rather than a subscribed belief system. In that way, it’s a bit like Buddhism. There are many yogic theories ‘out there’, but it’s really about what you experience ‘in here’, so to speak.