What is yoga, really? Leave your definition as a comment underneath
The only objective definition is the lexical meaning of the word “yoga” from Sanskrit and means to unite, join, weld and is taken from the root “YUJ” – union.
However Yoga is such a broad concept that not once have the great masters come to an agreement when defining it.
In the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Patanjali defines yoga as “Chitta Vritti Nirodha” which means: “Yoga is the silencing of the modifications of the mind”.
“Yoga means union of the mind, body and spirit with the Divine and while this refers to a certain state of conciousness both individual and Universal, it is also a method to help one reach that goal”. The official website of International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres founded by Swami Vishnudevananda,
“Yoga is one of the six systems of Indian philosophy. The word “yoga” originates from the sanskrit root yuj which means Union. On the spiritual plane, it means union of the Individual Self with the Universal Self. Yoga is the union of the body, mind, emotions and intellect.” The official website of BKS Iyengar founded by Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar,
“Yoga is an awareness, a type of knowing. Yoga will end in awareness. Yoga is arresting the fluctuations of the mind as said in the Yoga Sutras (of Patanjali): citta vritti nirodha. When the mind is without any movement, maybe for a quarter of an hour, or even quarter of a minute, you will realize that yoga is of the nature of infinite awareness, infinite knowing. There is no other object there.” —Sri T. Krishnamacharya at 100 years (1988) during an interview with A. G. Mohan
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