All about yoga
Yoga as a system of self-improvement consists of many components, including yoga for beginners, asanas (exercises), pranayama (breathing practices), shatkarmas (purification techniques), mantras, meditations, vegetarianism and much more. For us, yoga is not just a technique and practice, it is a way of life, connected also with deep philosophical and moral concepts, with Vedic culture and reincarnation. This section will help you to find out what Yoga is and how to deal with it.
Mind and silence of being in practice meditation
In fact, the term "meditation" comes from the Latin "meditatio", which means 'meditation'. If we want to get deeper information, from where the practice of meditation came to Western society, then we need to turn to the traditions of Buddhism and yoga. In these currents, meditation is actively practiced as an integral part of these teachings and is one of the steps in the system of self-development, self-knowledge, whose goal is ultimately to free consciousness from bodily, emotional and mental stratifications; disidentify the "I" with images created by the mind; and to prove in practice that this very "I", in fact, does not exist, and our self-image is nothing but the product of the very mind for which we cling, afraid to face the silence of being , with the realization that we are not our body, we are not our senses and not even our thinking. The last point is particularly interesting, because since the times of Descartes we are accustomed to take as its basis the definition of the existence of a person - Cogito, ergo sum ("Thought, therefore, I exist"). That is, ceasing to think, we cease to exist, do not we?
The practice of pure vision in raja yoga
However, there are cultures that live by other principles. The mind is not a king at all. This Ego holds fast to such a definition and makes us think that if there was no mind, thought process, everything would end. In fact, everything is just the opposite: after going through the stage of the Mind, identifying ourselves with mental processes, analysis, we leave the Mind behind, we come to a new level, where knowledge becomes direct, we come to a pure understanding of things and the world order. This can be called a transcendental transition, when suddenly our understanding, accustomed to building chains of logical discourse, passes to a pure vision, and the true essence of things opens to us.
This is the purpose of meditation and yoga. Since we began to talk about the yogic tradition, it should be noted that internships have developed in the practice of improving the worldview, aimed at unraveling the mind with the body, sensations, feelings and mental constructs.
How to properly meditate at home
Before registering for Vipassana meditation courses, participating in retreats or going on yoga tours, you can independently try to meditate at home. The essence of the four stages of raja-yoga is precisely this, in order to direct the disciple along the path of spiritual self-knowledge through the disidentification of consciousness with external factors and with the Mind. We will briefly consider what each step of this system represents and how you can use the techniques described in it. After all, in order to approach samadhi, the highest stage of the meditation process, where spiritual unity with the Absolute is achieved, one must begin with pratyahara practice.
Pratyahara is a practice through which you can learn to control your feelings. Separating the consciousness from external factors, ceasing to feel their impact on yourself by entering a special state of consciousness, in which the alpha rhythms of the brain become dominant, you will automatically disintegrate with the surrounding objects and feelings. The main thing is to enter this state and keep it.
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