Wednesday, July 08, 2015

ALL LIFE IS YOGA - Posted on Speaking Tree July 7, 2015


Yoga is a beautiful word. Now everybody is using it. I am very happy. As I was reflecting about my own life, I was thinking, I never used the word yoga for long. I built this ashram, all the activities begun, but I never thought of saying this is a Yoga ashrama or that I am “doing” yoga.
I say that because I think we have limited the meaning of yoga now. Yoga means the coming together of all the aspects of your life. It is total and complete harmony of the body and all soul and all energies within. When this happens then there is an inner conscious awakening which transforms life…this person people start calling yogi. The Yogi may not have done even one asana in his entire life. You cannot do yoga, you live a yogic life.
It is good to do asanas, you can start at the physical level, but this is not the end nor is it yoga in its full sense. It is the warming up. Yoga is a much greater excursion. Everyday we face different situations. Yoga is to face them without losing our balance. When you live with this mantra, you will find yourself building many qualities like restraint, equanimity, love and so on within you. That is yoga. As Sri Aurobindo says, “ All Life is Yoga”