274th blog … lotus ng yoga sa mga taga-ilog

Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which is popularly believed to have originated from ancient India.

This state of permanent peace of mind in order to experience one’s true self was also practiced in an authentic noble land called katagalugan in Luzon and the forgotten tagalog words for yoga was “muni-muni or nilay-nilay”.

The term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate and defined as “union with the divine” in other contexts and traditions in hinduism, buddhism and jainism.

Gurus from India, that was originated from “guro” of ancient tagalog” later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century.

In Vedic Sanskrit, the more commonly used, literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga which is “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” from the root yuj, already had a much more figurative sense.

Yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses, and native buffalos or “kalabaw” in Luzon takes on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance” which were “pagkakaisa, pagsasama, pagbubuklod or kapatiran’ for the tagalog inhabitants.

In simpler words, Yoga also means “combined”. For example, guṇá-yoga means “contact with a cord”; chakrá-yoga has a medical sense of “applying a splint or similar instrument by means of pulleys (in case of dislocation of the thigh)”;

Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi (may be applied to a male or a female) or yogini (traditionally denoting a female) while its ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha  or liberation.

Mahabharata defines the purpose of yoga as the experience of uniting the individual Ātman with the universal Brahman that pervades all things.

The origins of yoga are a matter of debate even to the hindus themselves that could be from somewhere else like the island of Luzon.

The Bhagavad Gita  or ‘Song of the Lord’ uses the term “yoga” extensively in a variety of ways, but it is only with Buddhism that we can speak about a systematic and comprehensive or even integral school of Yoga practice, which is thus the first and oldest to have been preserved for us in its entirety.

Yoga has become a universal language of spiritual exercise in the United States, crossing many lines of religion and cultures to be an excellent training for children and adolescents, as a form of physical exercise for breathing, focus, mindfulness, and stress relief.

The Lotus Position or padmasana is a cross-legged sitting asana, a meditative practice in the island of gold of the far east that was  seen and beholden by ancient india then introduced to the farther west.

The asana resembles a lotus and encourages proper proper breathing in order to foster physical stability.  Shiva, the meditating ascetic god of hinduism founded by siddhartha gautama and the jinas of jainism,  has been depicted in the lotus position.

In chinese and tibetan buddishm refers to the lotus position as “vaira”

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The eyes may be closed, the body relaxed, with awareness of the overall asana. Adjustments are made until balance and alignment are experienced. Alignment that creates relaxation is indicative of a suitable position for the asana.

The asana should be natural and comfortable, without any sharp pains.

The Lotus position is adopted to allow the body to be held completely steady for long periods of time. This allows the mind to calm—the first step towards meditation.
The asana applies pressure to the lower spine which may facilitate relaxation. The breath can slow down, muscular tension decrease and blood pressure subside.

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