Yoga Sets You Free

Perhaps you're flirting with the idea of yoga because you imagine it's an interesting fitness plan, but perhaps you're looking for something more. People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years, not because they want to be "in shape" (a fringe benefit), but because they are seeking meaning in life. Yoga can be a fitness program, but it can also be a path to greater self-knowledge and, ultimately, self-actualization. Yoga helps you reach the fullness of your human potential. You will be more confident, stronger, healthier, and more at peace with who you are. You will make better decisions, set and achieve worthwhile goals, and become the person you want to be.

The ultimate goal of the yogi is to achieve the experience of truth, which may mean different things to different people, but which is, to some degree, a consistent experience for all—a clarity of vision, supreme focus, and a feeling of oneness with the earth, even the universe. This ideal state

Know Your Sanskrit

Samadhi (pronounced sah-MAH-dee) is the goal of yoga. It's when the yogi finally becomes aware of nothing but brahman (BRAH-mahn)-the all-pervading Supreme Self, or God—everywhere. It's a state of absolute bliss and may be transitory or, ideally, perpetual.

Know Your Sanskrit

Samadhi (pronounced sah-MAH-dee) is the goal of yoga. It's when the yogi finally becomes aware of nothing but brahman (BRAH-mahn)-the all-pervading Supreme Self, or God—everywhere. It's a state of absolute bliss and may be transitory or, ideally, perpetual.

is called samadhi and involves consciousness to such a heightened degree that individual ego falls away, and oneness with the universal force of love and goodness, or brahman, is achieved. It is the state of pure bliss.

A few rare and diligent yogis have been able to maintain this state for extended periods, but for most of us, samadhi is an elusive experience. We may get occasional glimpses of it, or sudden rushes of bliss that fall away but become imprinted in our memories. After all, we do have to live in the world, which is often a less-than-blissful place. On the other hand, you and your world are what you make them, and yoga can help you optimize yourself, your experience, and your all-important perception of the world around you. Yoga is fitness plus peace and fitness plus joy.

The Least You Need to Know

V Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration.

V Yoga is a great workout at any fitness level.

V Yoga helps prevent illness and keeps the systems of the body in order.

V Yoga increases energy and vitality, promoting well-being.

V Anyone who practices yoga is a yogi!

Chapter 2

Fitness and Exercise

Fitness and Exercise

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