“...happiness cannot be bought with a quick fix but is the mature fruit of a life dedicated to higher values and ideals.” - Georg Feurestein
Mastering happiness and its pursuit is developed through choices, experience and perspective. Grasping this notion takes time (for many, a lifetime) - however, awareness of what the voyage in this pursuit entails inhibits you from falling prey to the state of being benighted.
Having a desire to acquire a higher state of self or living is the engine that revs one's pursuit. Whatever that passion is for you — supplying the vessel (which houses the engine for your burning desires) is of prime importance. This is where the pursuit is seen properly and appreciation for the process becomes the second nature to the individual.
There are many ways in which this conviction can be addressed. However, today's topic will expand on Asana: Yoga For Healing.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. It is a modality that can attach itself to all kosha bodies. The five bodies that compose our personality are described in a yoga classic called the Taittiriya Upanishad:
“Human beings consist of a material body built from the food they eat. Those who care for this body are nourished by the universe itself.
“Inside this is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.
“Within the vital force is yet another body, this one made of thought energy. It fills the two denser bodies and has the same shape. Those who understand and control the mental body are no longer afflicted by fear.
“Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect. It permeates the three denser bodies and assumes the same form. Those who establish their awareness here free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions, and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.
“Hidden inside it is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy. It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. It is experienced as happiness, delight, and bliss.”
The inner(kosha) bodies are the source of our well-being and can be acknowledged through a healthy practice of yoga. Activating and sustaining a healthy flow of all bodies operating in harmony can supply one with alignment as they navigate through their pursuit(s).
Healing yourself through yoga is at your fingertips. You can find a local studio to participate in, contact a private instructor or even practice at home or in your office. You have everything you need to get started.
Can't make it to classes regularly? This is an excellent program, led by the lovely Tera, for those unable to find time to practice outside of their office or home.
Her mindful yoga videos are a great way to start or strengthen your yoga practice. CLICK HERE