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yoga and all aspects of ourselves

“When we begin studying yoga – whether by way of asanas, pranayama, meditation, or studying the Yoga Sutra – the way in which we learn is the same. The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing that we are made of body, breath, mind, and more. Many people who start studying yoga by practicing asanas continue to learn more poses until the only meaning of yoga fir them lies in physical exercises. We can liken this to a man who strengthens only one arm and lets the other one become weak. Similarly, there are people who intellectualize the idea of yoga; they write wonderful books and speak brilliantly about complicated ideas such as prakrti and atman, but when they are writing and speaking they cannot sit erect for even a few minutes. So let us not forget, we can begin practicing yoga from any starting point, but if we are to be complete human beings we must incorporate all aspects of ourselves, and do so step by step. In the Yoga Sutra, Patañjali emphasizes all aspects of human life, including our relationships with others, our behavior, our health, our breathing, and our meditation path.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)