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HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE YOU OK? Cont’d
Non-violence in thought, speech and action. Usually we think of violence in action, but this ethical
This column seeks to share a standard challenges us to be broader perspective on the benefits peaceful in thought and speech as of Yoga to human beings, to well. It advocates the practices of raise awareness of how Yoga is a compassion, love, understanding, way of life, how practicing it makes patience, etc. life lighter and more meaningful, Truthfulness. Patanjali describes and also to bring to the fore the truthfulness as to be in harmony appreciation that all that we do in with mind, word and action. Our yoga is to lead us to the stillness actions in life must bring harmony within, to bring inner peace. in relationships.
The philosophy of Yoga touches Non-stealing means not just many aspects of our being, i.e. refraining from physically taking our physical, our mental and our possession of what is not yours, but emotiThonael, 4antdhisLpimursbueodffrYomoga ailsoPnortaanlloawyianmg thae,paolsseossion
of unpleasant thought, speech and manykangolews. n as breath control. Breath-in is the
Patanjali, who is regarded as the action. It speaks against inordinate
first act of life and breath-out is the last act
Father of Yoga, explains one of the desire for wealth or being envious themeosfolfifyeo.gaMaso: s“tyoogfa uchsitltiamitoftohtheerism’ ppososerstsaionsc.e of
vritti Continence or self-control, or
bnrireoadthha”,ttohajtuist, qkueietpinigng us alive.
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In we deal not only in sexual relations,
tmhisoirnetrwodiuthctibonr,etahtehf.ocus is on Astanga yoga, in which Pa- but even in our general outlook
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non-accumulation, whether it be Yamats.he respiratory process while recognizing the
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inevitably leads to ill-health, or we condThuctiosulrismelvbesciannlifae,rgthueably be said to be more
social disciplines to guide us in our in its extreme would manifest in relatioinmshpiposrwtaitnhto,thbeersc.ause it foucnudesseirsabolenbebhraveiaotr.h, or even better, a very subtle life force inside us.
THESE FIVE YAMAS ARE [In the following weeks we will speak
Pranayama are different breathing exercises BRIEFLY EXPLAINED BELOW: to the other limbs.]
or techniques that we learn so as to benefit from breath.
We all know that breath in brings oxygen into the body, but the amount of oxygen that goes in the body depends on how efficiently we use our lung capacity. Learning the different pranayama significantly increases our lung capacity, and bringsfromurLoabtattesne tainodnGtaobotrhonee coming
to do outreach in Hukuntsi Primary
breath, and also making the breath long/ deep
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and steady. Then we can enjoy the benefit of
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breath being more than just keeping us alive.
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to learn more about Yoga and the science of breath? We should not wait until something goes wrong to act. It may be too late.
[More next week]