March 22, 2024

The Yogic Meaning of Yoga

Yoga originated in India and combines physical exercise with mental concentration and spirituality. Yoga is commonly practiced on a mat to support joints while protecting knees and elbows from injury.

Yoga as practiced traditionally refers to the unification of body, mind and soul through spiritual practice. Yoga philosophy includes ethics, metaphysics and psychology - as well as advocating a holistic lifestyle which aims to bring equilibrium, serenity and harmony into everyday life both on and off the mat.

Yoga diets aim to nourish the body through nutritious eating practices that include the elimination of processed and sugary foods as well as mindfully enjoying each bite, paying attention to how food affects both mind and body.

Yogic breathing is a type of diaphragmatic breathing that promotes feelings of well-being by stimulating lymph system activity, thus supporting immune health. Yogic breathing can be found across all forms of yoga and is believed to help release tension while creating inner peace.

Yogis are those who practice yoga and related meditative practices, regardless of religion or spiritual tradition they belong to. The term derives from Sanskrit word yogan, meaning to join or yoke; for female practitioners this term would be "yogini." Buddha taught many such practices; some later formed part of Pali Canon suttas such as Satipatthana and Anapanasati suttas in Pali Canon suttas.

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