Yoga-losophy: Cheers to a new You, Me aur Hum

At the onset, let me provide a disclaimer: this article is not about a sequel to Kajol’s movie which I have figured out by eavesdropping in CCD while she was sharing a cup of coffee with KJo. Its about Yoga. Ah, are you sighing in disappointment? Well, I hope I can change your views if you bear with me and read on. Actually, the very clich├ęd response yoga gathers from several people prevented me from having that word in the title!
                              
Personally, I feel we all misinterpret the word and all the various meanings it can have. I’ll tell you why and how.
Don’t you want a stress-free, productive life where you are happy, spending quality time with loved ones, having a positive/optimistic outlook towards life and are healthy even at 50-60-70? I call that Yoga. Yes, a lifestyle where one is efficient and sincere, enjoys all the small moments and is basically content despite all the hurdles that everyone of us faces in different scales at different stages. It is not just a set of body postures.
These are adjectives we unknowingly associate with our wishlist for a dream-like utopian life while growing up on a land as rich as India in terms of cultural heritage. It takes me a tad by surprise when I find friends popping tons of pills while googling brings me face-to-face with tons more of foreigners preaching about this ancient science.
                               
Please realise that I am not asking you to force yourself to a cabbage-juice diet , or give up your favourite bucket of chicken at KFC. Instead, I believe that when you are sufficiently engrossed in yoga (mind, body and soul), you will WANT to wake up for an early morning jog or find time in your hectic schedule for a 10 minute workout, possibly even just meditation while looking out of the window!
          
Yoga is a state of mind. Striving for better-ment and perfection. Have you read Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Pick it up the next time you cross a bookstand while waiting for your train.
When you spend hours and hours over a submission, it is yoga. Or when you dedicate time for your cherished hobbies. When you innovate and ideate. When you handle your appointments in the day with punctuality and a smile on your face, never losing your calm.
It is about discovering a new you. Each body/mind is different. Everyone of us has a different, unique personality. I urge you to not go by what others do. Observe, but personalise. Listen to the signals your body/mind is giving at each step.
It’ll start with aasanas or simple pranayamas. And within no time, you will be enveloped in this bubble space of positive energy that percolates into every action of your day! You will smile more, feel better, fall sick less often, be stronger, be healthier – mentally and physically. This will invariably help you achieve all your goals, short or long term, successfully. All this without a gruelling exercise regimen. For practising such a style of living is in itself an exercise!

Your body/mind is the most important gift this nature has bestowed upon you. Don’t you want to celebrate it and pamper it royally?
So, dear friend, if you are no longer going to mock and raise eyebrows at someone who swears by such things and don’t consider them a poor nutcase thanks to this crazy world, give Yoga-losophy a try. And see for yourself. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. The energy of the cosmos CAN be harnessed. Trust me.

6 Comments:

Alok K. said...

:)
This reminds me of the professor at my exchange university in France, who had this unshakeable faith on Indian Yoga.
Initially I used to laugh on her weird pronunciation of Indian mantras, but later I started feeling a bit ashamed that she, though being a foreigner, knew more about Yoga (and Indian culture) than myself.

"When you spend hours and hours over a submission, it is yoga. Or when you dedicate time for your cherished hobbies. When you innovate and ideate. When you handle your appointments in the day with punctuality and a smile on your face, never losing your calm."
Enough said.

Mayank Choudhary said...

Agree with many of the points! Nice!

Mayank Choudhary said...

Agree with many of the points! Nice write-up!

Akanksha Ujjawal said...

amazing secret has been revealed here..patience with happiness is d key.thanku 4 words bloggers :)

Akanksha Ujjawal said...

amazing secret..patience n happiness.thanku 4 words blogger :)

nitesh bhasker said...

Back to arbitspecs after long and this certainly enlightens..Ignored this peace of wellness for a long time.