A careful study of the practices of yoga, revealed most clearly in the Yoga Sutras, explains that yoga can only be considered yoga when the effort and focus is within, on the inner space, the internal. This is also termed the practice of meditation. It is not merely about noticing inner feelings but rather a particular connection with inner processes whereby you are actually moved or touched, not by sensual input alone, or in some cases not even at all.
Yoga is meditation, meditation is yoga
Breath practices (pranayama) have been recommended as a key technique to touch the inner space. Additionally, completely honest and open self-reflection, self-awareness, and the willingness to catch your behavior and change it, is essential to what yoga is. The breath, with postures and cleanses, can cultivate such a process but equally you must be willing to engage, to look in, and to make any necessary change, which usually culminates in letting go, undoing, less rather than more. It is not more practice that is needed but well understood and insightful practice. At first all you will see are the elements of each practice. It takes time, plus dedication, willingness, and love, for them all to come together. In time the elements of each technique, from posture, breath, and mindful practices, synergistically merge to give a meditative ‘soupy-mix’. How delicious. Meditation is yoga, practices done with awareness.
About the author
Paul Dallaghan first experienced the inner nature of meditation over 30 years ago. After a personal search for meaning and what made sense in his life, he began to immerse himself in the path of yoga for the past 25 years, studying and practicing much, to become one of the world’s senior teachers of yoga and meditative practices. He is also one of the pioneering entrepreneurs in the wellness and well-being retreat world having established Samahita Retreat in 2003 in Thailand, leading the field in how yoga, fitness, body and mind hacks, detox, and meditation are all incorporated into the hospitality industry. Above all, Paul values learning and sharing, teaching others. He was selected by Emory University’s anthropology department, (Atlanta, GA, USA) for PhD work with a focus on the cultural and scientific aspects of yoga practice and knowledge. He is the happy father of two boys, believes everything you do in life should be enjoyed and have fun with, and so continues to teach in Thailand and all over the world.
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