Yoga comes from the root Sanskrit word yuj which means to unite and integrate different layers of existence. There are a number of definitions of yoga. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, it is defined as Atha Yogaha Anushashanam. It means it is the state of discipline, harmony. Here ‘anu’ means subtle and ‘shashan’ means to govern.
It reveals harmony and governance at subtler layers of existence. When different layers of personality – body, mind, emotion, psyche and spirit – are integrated, we come into a state of discipline and harmony. In order to achieve harmony we have to integrate our dimensions of personality.
Yoga is also Yogah Chittvritti Nirodhaha – cessation of mental modification. It means when we become disciplined, the disturbance in our nature goes away. Our scriptures and philosophies were born of inquiry and they became a guideline and foundation of our Santana (eternal) culture.
Sit on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat and tilt back, extending your legs so your body forms a right angle. Pull your abs in to balance. Extend your arms at shoulder height past your knees. Hold for five slow breaths and return to your starting position. Repeat five times a day.