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A beginner’s guide to learning yoga

For those who want to learn yoga but don’t know where to start, Sadhguru answers some frequently asked questions from yoga beginners who want to understand the path, choose an exercise, find a teacher and more.

1. What is yoga and what is the role of asanas in yoga? What do we want to achieve with yoga?

Sadhguru: Yoga is not a form of exercise, as is often misunderstood today. “Yoga” literally means association. Modern science proves that all of existence is only one energy – but you don’t experience it that way. If you can break through this illusion that you are separated and experience the unity of existence, then that is yoga. There are several methods to guide you to this experience. Asanas are an aspect.

There are other dimensions to it, but to put it simply, when you observe yourself, when you are angry, you are one way. When you’re satisfied, you’re in a different direction. If you are depressed, another way. For every level of consciousness or mental and emotional situation that you go through, your body tends to adopt certain postures. The opposite of this is the science of asanas. If you consciously put your body in different positions, you can raise your consciousness. Understanding the mechanics of the body, creating a certain atmosphere and using the body to direct your energy in specific directions is what yoga sanas are about.

2. There are several yoga gurus that offer yoga teaching certificates. But in its true form, what is the procedure of becoming a yoga teacher

Sadhguru: Yoga is a subjective technology, not an objective technology. Whether someone comes for back pain relief or to explore mystical dimensions, we initially learn the same thing because it is the change in subjectivity that makes the same device do different things for different people.

So when something is placed in your hands that is much deeper than you can comprehend now, it is important that you keep yourself in a certain way – the person sitting in front of you is a more important life than yourself. This is known as upasana. Upasana means that you are not sitting in the main chair, you are taking a side chair in yourself in your own life. For someone who wants to transfer yoga, the most important thing is to step aside – be there but stay away. If you can do this, dimensions will arise that are beyond your understanding and experience. And this is a great blessing, because if you can do something beyond yourself, it is the greatest thing for any human being.

3. Today, there are social media, YouTube and other media that teach yoga while the viewer is sitting at home. Is it safe to practice yoga in such a way?

Sadhguru: Yoga should be handled in an extremely dedicated atmosphere as it is a great tool for transformation. If something has the power to transform, it can also cause damage if handled incorrectly.

However, there is something called upa yoga that gives you physical and psychological benefits, but does not touch the spiritual dimension. Upa yoga doesn’t require that level of dedication, nor does it cause a problem if you don’t do it right because you can’t do it wrong – it’s very simple!

In Indian vernacular, the word upayoga, is going to mean something useful, but actually it means sub-yoga or pre-yoga. This can be learned in five minutes. You can practice it anywhere and the benefits are enormous. Upa yoga is a safe way to bring yoga to the world on a large scale. Once people experience the benefits, they will naturally look for yoga in a more serious way, and that’s when yoga should come into their lives.

4. Yoga has gained enormous fame outside of India, but it has also created other yoga practices, such as pool yoga or neon yoga. How does this affect the practice of yoga?

Sadhguru: There will always be entrepreneurship around what gets fairly popular. We should not be distracted or disturbed by this. Are they learning well? There are question marks. Some of them teach it well, others don’t. These events are the result of the commercial process. But it is only on the surface that these distortions take place here and there. The core of yoga is not disturbed in any way.

5. There are many institutions that offer yoga classes. How can anyone identify a real yoga guru?

Sadhguru: There is no such thing as a real guru and a false guru. There are only & # 39; spiritual entrepreneurs & # 39 ;. There was a quality control in spiritual movements in the past, but after having been an occupied country for 1000 years, these things have disappeared in India today. So a lot of funny things are happening, but what you need to do is evaluate whether it works for you or not. What you are offered put it in your life – if it works, keep it, if it doesn’t work, throw it and find something else.

6. There is so much talk about yoga, but how can one follow the path of yoga in its true form?

Sadhguru: Yoga is not a form of morning-evening practice. There is a practice, but that is not the only aspect. Every aspect of your life, the way you walk, breathe, communicate – everything should become a yoga process. Nothing is excluded from this.

Yoga is not something you do. Yoga is something you become. It is not an act, it is a quality. When you cultivate your body, mind, emotions and energies to a certain level of maturity, a certain quality arises in you. That is yoga. Do the practices bring that quality? Absolutely, but we don’t learn it as some sort of act that you only do for a few minutes a day.

If you take good care of your garden, there are flowers. Likewise, flowers will bloom if you take care of what you call “myself.” That means that peaceful, happy or joyful is not determined by anything outside of you, it is determined by you. This is something that every person should do to themselves. Yoga is a subjective tool for this.

Editor’s Note: Learn Isha Upa Yoga now. These 5-minute processes are easy to practice yet powerful tools of Sadhguru to improve health, joy, peace, love, success and inner exploration, allowing to cope with the hectic pace of modern life and their full potential in all areas of life .

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