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Posted Dec 09 2009 11:50pm
Developed in India, yoga is a spiritual practice that has been evolving for the last 5,000 years or so. The
original yogis were reacting, in part, to India's ancient Vedic religion, which emphasized rituals. The yogis
wanted a direct spiritual experience -- one on one -- not symbolic ritual. So they developed yoga.
Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the classical language of India.
According to the yogis, true happiness, liberation and enlightenment comes from union with the divine
consciousness known as Brahman, or with Atman, the transcendent Self. The various yoga practices are a methodology
for reaching that goal.
In hatha yoga, for example, postures and breathing exercises help purify the mind, body and spirit so the yogi can
Pranayama breathing exercises help clear the nadis, or channels, that carry prana the universal life force,
allowing prana to flow freely. When the channels are clear and the last block at the base of the spine has been
opened, Kundalini rises through the spine, through the central channel called the sushumna-nadi, and joins the
crown chakra. According to the tradition, the release of Kundalini leads to enlightenment and union.
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