Why do we love Yoga? – The nature of stillness

Why we love Yoga and the quality of Stillness

Why do we love Yoga? – The nature of stillness

A poll recently conducted by a popular yoga magazine reported that its American readers spend 2.5 billion dollars on yoga instruction annually. The reasons why people practised yoga were for wellness, peace and calm, and health – in that order.

The growth and interest in yoga over the last half century has increased exponentially and suggests many of us are looking for ways to balance our busy lifestyles, deal with everyday stresses and prevent illness. Who wouldn’t want this? It is unfortunate though that for all our good intentions and while our love of what has come to be known as yoga continues to grow, so do illness and lifestyle diseases increase with each year.

So why is that?

Are we missing an integral part of what yoga is in its true meaning; that of union – the re-connection with the soul and the quality of inner stillness via the body?

No amount of outer yoga posturing can bring this to us without first the inward movement of re-connection. By nature we all have a quality of stillness within, in our innermost, (our esoteric centre).

Stillness is an energetic quality of being that we can re-connect to; an alignment to an aspect of God via our bodies. With the building of awareness and conscious presence it can be known once again. In meeting the stillness within there is a familiar marker or reference point that provides a steadiness, a quality that can be clearly felt. It is something that moves with us and also communicates in the way we speak, move and interact.

Stillness equally informs us and exposes inharmonious areas both within the body and in life – the pains and tensions we feel, the reactions, the energetic quality of our movements and interactions. From a point of re-connection everything out of alignment is felt.

How magnificent the wisdom of the body is, and when we are obedient to its call we have the opportunity to arrest the ill movement and move embodying union.

It is from a foundation of stillness that we start to build true harmonious rhythms in life where there is ease and spacious flow to it.

It comes from the inside out, an exploration and continuing deepening in connection that is then lived and affects the quality of every aspect of life.

To start to truly address the ills of our current times, which no amount of outer posturing can bring to us, we can be inspired to breathe our true breath in – repose, before we breathe out – motion. From the inner connection to stillness we then move.

"The in-breath creates the quality you choose to be and the out-breath magnifies, that is, distributes that chosen quality throughout your body for it to be in all you will do and say.."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Volume I, ed 1, p 510

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