‘Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively towards an object and sustain that direction without any distraction’
Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras Chapter 1.2 as translated by TKV Desikachar
TKV Desikachar tells us that meditation transforms the mind’s agitation to peace, brings clarity, reduces suffering, and can bring us to realise our true nature. It is key that the object of meditation is one that is suitable and positive for the individual person and their direction.
Yoga & Self-Development
“The purpose of yoga is to reduce disturbances and return an individual to his or her inherent peace and power.”
Yoga is one of the six main philosophies to have originated from India, and offers a holistic path to health, happiness and at its higher levels, realisation of our true nature. By understanding and applying this integrative approach that links body, breath and mind, we have the opportunity to discover our true selves.
Yoga applied as a healing tool can alleviate disturbances, whether physiological or psychological, and offers insight into how to achieve, and then maintain, a state of holistic well-being.
As well as honouring people’s individual differences, traditional yoga leads us to feel more connected, to ourselves, others and the natural world that we inhabit. This promotes an attitude of care and respect, inwardly and outwardly.
With the careful guidance of an experienced teacher, it is possible to begin to see the inherent and unique potential within each of us, and then to develop the courage, confidence and freedom to express this.
In doing so, we can grow to shine in our own unique light.