Philosophy of Yoga
I have never given much thought as to what all is in involved in yoga. To me, yoga has always just seemed to be a fancy way of stretching and relaxation. Now, as I have read about the topic I realize it is much more than a leisurely activity. Yoga involves many things, not just a few easy poses and moves. Yoga is a state of mind. The goal of yoga is to get you to relax your mind and be focused on nothing other than the present. When practicing yoga you are supposed to be fully absorbed in nothing but your breathing, the movement of your body and the serenity of your mind.
There are many philosophical ideas concerning yoga but the main philosophy is the simple idea that the mind, body and spirit are all connected and work together as one. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which can be translated into meaning "to concentrate oneself" or "to meditate deeply". The words "unite, connect, and join" are also derived from the Sankrit word "yuj" which implies that you are supposed to connect your mind, body and spirit into one and attain a sort of balance within yourself.
Another philosophy of yoga is the inward journey through the Koshas. The koshas are imagined layers within a person, sort of like a onion. These layers cause barriers that block a person from getting to the deep layers within themselves where they find true bliss and "oneness with the universe". When you are able to get through all the layers of the koshers you are said to have reached your innermost core, that being ones "True Self".
When practicing yoga you are supposed to become totally immersed in that moment in time and have nothing to work towards. You are trying to gain inner balance and purity within your soul and lose all the anxiety you have accumulated from the outside world. Yoga is accomplished through things such as regulating your breathing, focusing on cleansing your mind, trying to attain true inner balance and finding ones "true...