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The Purpose of Yoga - Cultivating the Seeds of Success

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Nov 10, 2007
All forms of Yoga deliver tranquility to us, but what if life is not happy right now? How can the average person learn to change his or her attitude by practicing Yoga? What is the Yogic method for dealing with failure and keeping your spirits up? Let's look at some Yogic methods to change our lives for the best right now.

Life is exposure to many situations and people, but we do not always have control over everything. Some people feel helpless, depressed, and stressed out by life, but their Yoga practice gives them a small sanctuary during the course of the day.

First, we must realize that Yoga practice can last all day long. In fact, life can be one constant Yoga session, if you want it to be. The choice is really up to you. You can practice your breathing, positive thought, good posture, forgive, pray, be kind, and eat correctly on a daily basis. You do not have to do all of these tasks at once.

You decide what you can do during the course of a day, but realize that you do not need a Yoga mat to do it. Within Yoga practice, teachers often refer to the power of self-realization. Each student develops this awareness gradually, but this is a fundamental part of yoga practice.

Some Yoga teachers approach awareness and self-realization in different ways. Breath awareness, or Pranayama, (Yogic breathing techniques), is the easiest path for new students to develop self-realization. If taught properly, a new Yoga student could develop the foundation of self-realization in one Yoga practice session.

So, what is the benefit of self-realization? The beginning of the Yogic path is different for all of us. We come to our first Yoga class for a multitude of reasons, but self-realization is empowerment. We learn that we become what we think.

This is not meant in an arrogant way. Consider this: If I think my life is a lesson in defeat, and hopeless, it will be. On the other hand, if I see opportunities in life, and seize them, at the right time, I will live a life of success and abundance.

There is no special entitlement to the path of success. The power to find it is in your mind, and a positive attitude will help you when the time is right. The practice of Yoga will turn any attitude into a positive one.

Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He is an author of many books on the subject of Yoga and has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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