History of Yoga
By Joy Abrams
B.C. Pantanjali wrote the bible of yoga .It is called the
yoga sutras. The word sutras mean aphorisms.
sutras are :
Yama and Niyama consists of moral and ethical observances
that are similar to the Ten Commandments in the bible. Asanas
refer to postures that physically strengthen your body. Pranayama
refers to breath control in yoga. (Refer to the tape Joy of
Relaxation and Joy of Yoga). Pratayahara concerns itself with
the withdrawal of your senses from the outside world and the
refocusing of your attention within your body. Dharana is
concerned with your concentration. It is all about your developing
a one pointed mind. This is accomplished through special concentration
techniques in which your mind is brought to focus on the internal
world. The next sutra is Dhyana, which translates as contemplation.
In Dhyana you as the meditator merge with your image of concentration.
You contemplate your many splendored attributes. The last
sutra is Samadhi, which means union with the supreme.
is the goal of classical yoga. In Samadhi you identify with
the unchanging aspects of reality. It is through much dedicated
practice that includes, concentration, contemplation, and
meditation that one can move toward Samadhi. Through this
practice you develop tremendous will power.