YOGA is literally the union of the individual with that which is infinite. Receiving what is called “the buddhi” makes each of us a living Buddha, that is, living as spirit energy through all that is ordinary and mundane.
The goal of all spiritual practices, not only Yoga, is the attainment of super-consciousness. In Yoga, there is a particular variety of practices (Sadhana) that make Yoga unique from other religious traditions.
Yoga focuses upon harnessing Prana (life-force vitalizing breath). This energy is the fundamental creative force that gives life to all creatures large, small, seen and unseen. Yoga has a rich tradition of techniques to control and direct this special life-force between mind and body through a variety of processes such as meditation and postures. The emphasis of Yoga is the direct union and flow with this universal energy.
Learning the means to control prana brings awareness, clarity and power to your life unlike any mere exercise program. Through Pranayama (controlling the valves of prana) a materialization of buddhi (a.k.a. siva/sakti consciousness, buddha-consciousness) transforms you from within. You become not witness, but you witness you the practitioner. You are creating and doing. You are a living Buddha.
Yoga has now awakened you to the realization that everything in the universe is your body and your mind. You are the practical instrument of pranic energy receiving and transmiting as the shape of your thoughts (meditations) and actions (asana).
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