by Lexi Cowan
This ancient tradition of yoga and meditation was made to become one with yourself in the older Hindu beliefs and practices. They believe in reincarnation and the cycle of life and death. Yoga and meditation help you reach a state of being called Moksha.
Moksha is breaking through that cycle of life, death, recreation and becoming enlightened. This is supposed to let you gain a relationship with the creator. That is for you to decide who, or what, is the creator, if any at all. The whole thing about yoga and its sister, mediation, is to find yourself and your faith. No opinions about religion or life can be wrong simply because you have no idea what someone has experienced. Whether or not you believe in these thoughts, you can still mediate and do yoga just to calm your mind or get yourself to that higher state of being everyone craves. These practices tie into a lot of other life interests. Karma a.k.a, as above so below, is a frequent term used in almost every explanation and religion including Christianity and Hinduism.
According to the Bible, the prayer they can use to thank their god is: “Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Sarah Barellies, in her hit track Breathe, says, “You’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out.” Which, all of these sayings are ways to say the same thing. It’s just as tall as its short, a perspective thing I suppose. An optimistic approach, or a pessimistic approach. Yin and Yang is a prime example of this.
However, the actual practice of doing yoga or meditation is to relieve your mind of any anxieties or worries you have. It’s also a way to gain back control over yourself and your thoughts. It gives you a peace of mind and satisfaction in ways you never could imagine.
You sleep better when you do yoga because of how it clears your mind; it allows a fully rested night. Doing the poses start out kind of difficult, but tend to become easier once you practice, just like any activity in life. It also strengthens you by lighting your body but also improving your muscles. Doing planks, or other similar poses, build that strength in your body.
Yoga also helps open airways and clear respiratory problems. Stress is a killer in disguise as it leads to illness and diseases both mentally and physically. Doing yoga helps prevent that stress. The time spent doing these exercises takes up the time you have for worrying, stressing or drastically focusing on irrelevant things.