Psychology: Self-Development and Yoga: Application of Yoga in Different Walks of Life

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Self- Development through Yoga

Self’ in the sense of ego but the term ‘self’ does not mean merely the ego. According to Indian thought the ego in us is the actor, knower and experiencer.

Application of Yoga in Different Walks of Life

Application of yoga

Application of Yoga

  • Studies: Yoga improves our learning and memory.

  • Relationship

  • Work: Good posture, deep breathing and gentle stretching will help you to keep relaxed at the workplace.

  • Health

How Yoga Shapes Our Attitudes, Thinking and Behavior

Yoga assures us that our dream can be fulfilled provided we acquire certain healthy attitudes and habits of thinking and living. The ancient wisdom can be turned into some practical hints for joyous and effective living.

  • Let us not complain about our environment

  • Let us train the body fast

  • Let us train our mind

  • Let us train our intellect

Yoga for Motivation and Excellence in Action

Patanjali on Mind: Its Nature, Function and State

Yoga was compiled in a concise form by Sage Patanjali. This compilation is called Yoga Sutra. It tells us about the nature of human mind and its functions. It analyses the causes of turbulence and suggests the ways of overcoming them. It enlightens us on how to reach the state of oneness with energy or Supreme Consciousness that pervades the entire universe.

Ever Changing State of Mind

  • Kshipt

  • Vikshipt

  • Moodha

  • Ekagara

Relatively Steady States of Mind

  • Jagriti

  • Swapna

  • Sushpati

  • Tureeya

The Eight-Fold Path of Yoga

Eight steps of Yoga are as follows

  • Yama: Yama is exercising restraint on our lower animal like instincts. It involves five rules – ahimsa, Satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigraha.

  • Niyama- Niyama are mainly for purifying the body and mind. They are Shauch, Santosh, Tapa, Swadhaya and Ishwar parindhan.

  • Asana- Patanjali defines Asana as that posture in which we can sit comfortable for the Yogic practices, with our head, neck and back in a straight line.

  • Pranayama

  • Pratyahara

  • Dharana

  • Dhyana

  • Samadhi

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