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  1. 1. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Acharya Girish Jha, MS, BS, DIY, NDDY, BCCP Authentic Yoga, Meditation, Tantra Master, Blogger, Writer n Life Coach East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA www.girishjha.org 1 www.Satyamayi.com www.linkedin.com/in/girishjha/ ©Acharya Girish Jha and Authentic Yoga Tradition please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  2. 2. 7 myths about Yoga-1 What is a myth 2 Myth is misrepresentation of the truth or an idealized conception and a fallacy. Know the myths we carry when we begin or are doing yoga practice. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  3. 3. 7 myths about Yoga-1 3 Myth-1 yoga is a physical exercise / practice/culture Origin: Yoga originated more than 6000 years ago have more than 3000 teachers lived before 300BC and more than 1000 texts. No definition of yoga as physical culture Nowhere in any text or by any master, yoga is defined, referred or explained as physical culture, exercise or practices. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  4. 4. 7 myths about Yoga-1 4 Myth-1 yoga is a physical exercise / practice/culture Truth Lord Shiva mentions that there are 8.4 million references. But one can achieve highest state of yoga by the practice of single most important asana or posture known as Siddha Asana (perfect pose) which is a meditative posture. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  5. 5. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-1 yoga is a physical exercise / practice/culture 5 Based on the temperament of an individual practicing yoga, one may / should practice 32 or more postures but progressively reduce the numbers in order to give time and space for other higher practices. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  6. 6. 7 myths about Yoga-1 6 Myth-1 yoga is a physical exercise / practice/culture It goes exactly against common understanding of physical exercise system where set of practices are gradually increased but in yoga for the sake of physical practice, the advanced practitioner like Buddha reduced the number of posture to one in which he could sit for hours for meditation. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  7. 7. 7 myths about Yoga-1 7 Myth-1 yoga is a physical exercise / practice/culture Truth The physical practice in yoga is a part of whole yoga that aims at awakening, realization and transformation. Therefore, it is difficult to say a man practicing part of yoga (physical practices alone) can be said that he/she is practicing yoga. Like right arm is only a part of body not the whole body. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  8. 8. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-2 Hatha Yoga means physical exercise 8 The greatest myth is that Hatha means force, or physical exercise. When I started doing yoga long back in 1980‟s, being Indian, I also considered Hatha Yoga as doing physical by force until I become flexible please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  9. 9. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-2 Hatha Yoga means physical exercise 9 False and real meaning of the word ‘hatha’ The literal meaning of „hatha‟ is „force‟ but real meaning of „Hatha‟ when one adds yoga is different. Later when I read Upanishad under the guidance of my master. I came across the real meaning of the word, „hatha‟. The word „Hatha‟ in yoga is made of two alphabets, “Ha‟ in Hatha represents „sun flow‟ or „ male principle or energy‟ and “Tha” represents „moon flow‟ or “female principle or energy”. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  10. 10. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-2 Hatha Yoga means physical exercise Do you practice Hatha Yoga 10 When you practice all seven groups of practices, then only it can be said that you are practicing Hatha Yoga. However, a single group of practice i.e. practice of physical practices cannot be said that you practice Hatha Yoga please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  11. 11. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-2 Hatha Yoga means physical exercise 11 Truth Hatha Yoga practice does not mean, physical practice alone as is commonly understood. The other groups of practices are – Sat Karma (Six purificatory practices), Asana (Physical Practices), Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), Pranayama (breathing regulation), Mudra (physical and breathing practices are done in combination not hand gestures), Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  12. 12. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-3 Meditation is different or separate from yoga 12 It is very common myth that meditation and yoga are separate, independent and different from each other. If physical practices of yoga is compared to your legs then meditation is your head or brain. How legs can be separated from head or brain. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  13. 13. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-3 Meditation is different or separate from yoga 13 When you practice physical practices of yoga, you always use your brain and the mind. But you use it with awareness on the body, it becomes physical yoga. Hence we cannot separate brain and mind from even physical practices please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  14. 14. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-3 Meditation is different or separate from yoga 14 Yoga aims at discovery of the higher states of consciousness beyond body, life and the mind through meditation. Physical practices is and may be preparatory step of ultimate goal of yoga. But one thing is sure and certain that meditation is essential and mandatory step while physical practices are not. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  15. 15. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-3 Meditation is different or separate from yoga 15 Truth Physical practice/s is/are optional but meditation is mandatory and essential to all practices of yoga. If you practice physical with awareness of stretching, sensation, feeling in the body, it may help you to raise your awareness level and support your meditation practice. My master says that physical practices of yoga aims at awakening to physical consciousness- a term we normally use in meditation. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  16. 16. 7 myths about Yoga-1 16 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga Everyone has his/her own opinion about the age, gender, state of body to practice yoga. The myth comes from our own understanding of yoga. If we consider and understand yoga as physical practice, then, our criteria of practicing yoga at tender age does not arise at all. Other consider yoga as mental change, hence, can be practiced even at a tender age. Still others, consider, yoga cannot or should not be practiced when there is illness etc. . please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  17. 17. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga 17 All myths above are based on our perception about yoga. But what about perception of masters who founded yoga. It is said, Astavakra learnt yoga in the womb of mother. Prahalad was hardly 10 years old when he meditated upon god. Shankar, another great master who started yoga at the age of 11-12 years and became one of the great masters. . please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  18. 18. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga 18 My masters used to say that „self-awareness is the beginning and end of yoga.‟ Sri Aurobindo says, “Self-conscious finding is yoga”. Understanding the entire spectrum of yoga We grow into awareness after birth and begin responding to outer environment, conditions, and also inner feelings specially pain and sufferings even when we do not „name‟ them. There is practice done before birth of a child that induces positive impressions in the mind of a child in womb. That too is practice of yoga. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  19. 19. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga 19 Hence, yoga can begin at any age. I have taught yoga to thousands of kids just after 11months. When my son was hardly 3 months old, I started chanting long OM and other single syllable mantras for an hour every day for about six months. I was amazed that first word he uttered, was „om‟ and other mantras. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  20. 20. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga 20 My son was hardly 3 years old when my family visited great master Swami Gitananda, Founder of Rishi Culture Yoga in south India. He was very happy to hear the „long chanting‟ from my son and said, „you have implanted a very strong mental attitude in him. He will always fights the odds of the world, wisely.‟ Yes, I see the same attitude in him as he is now 26 year old. The same is true of gender as any one irrespective of gender can practice yoga. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  21. 21. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-4 Age, gender flexibility are important for practice of yoga Truth 21 The yoga is all about change of consciousness, evolution and self-discovery. It can start at any age provided we should be aware of hundreds of groups of practices that can be given at particular age. There are subtle, simple, easy practices if given at tender age, can bring about tremendous change in child‟s consciousness. Physical practice which is a part of yoga, not the whole of yoga, can not set any criteria for age or gender or illness. It is better to ask a master what practices can be given to a person of any age, gender based on his/her state, conditions and level of consciousness. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  22. 22. 7 myths about Yoga-1 22 Myth-5 I am ill and suffering, I cannot practice yoga This myth is totally unfounded and without any basis. Yoga declares we are ill as long as we do not awaken to our „real-self‟ or „highest state of consciousness‟ or awakened. Secondly, anyone ill may be severely, can at least practice relaxation practice or meditation that is passive and simply directs the mind inward. Anyone suffering can surely practice to induce relaxation. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  23. 23. 7 myths about Yoga-1 23 Myth-5 I am ill and suffering, I cannot practice yoga I have been advocating and supporting people, suffering in the hospital due to severe illness like heart attack. There are others who are suffering from Parkinson, Muscular dystrophy, psychological illnesses, I introduced simple, easy and effective practices aimed at minimizing the impact of illnesses, relieving the symptoms. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  24. 24. 7 myths about Yoga-1 24 Myth-5 I am ill and suffering, I cannot practice yoga I was amazed at the relief of symptoms in Parkinson patient in NYC by long practice of passive meditation practice. She always started walking normally after meditation session. And one day, she became extremely happy over the result and she drove me to Penn Station to drop me there from her home which was about 12 miles from her home. Rather I was scared to allow her drive to Penn Station in NYC, New York. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  25. 25. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-5 I am ill and suffering, I cannot practice yoga 25 Truth Any illness has two main components – one purely physical and other emotional and mental. The emotional and mental brings sufferings, guided by fear, doubts and unknown perception. Yoga can work at its best to alleviate the sufferings in any illness. And the best practice is the relaxation and meditation supported by eternal principle of separating the physical, mental and emotional with the higher principle , termed as „real-self‟ will go a long way in helping person suffering from any illnesses. I would always recommend people must practice relaxation, meditation, preferably passive to speedy recovery, minimize the impact of illness, rehabilitation etc. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  26. 26. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth -6 yoga is a religion/ cult, dogma The confusion is validated by many world famous dictionaries by defining yoga as religion or religious system or discipline, cult, dogma, belief etc. 26 If yoga is related to religion at all, then, it can be said that great master who founded their religions had first undergone higher spiritual experiences and realizations of what yoga speaks of as an ultimate goal of human life. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  27. 27. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth -6 yoga is a religion/ cult, dogma Many masters choose to scribe, speak or started the tradition based on their supra mental experiences which after some time, became religion. 27 please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  28. 28. 7 myths about Yoga-1 28 Myth -6 yoga is a religion/ cult, dogma But yoga is neither a religion nor a cult nor a dogma or belief system. It is „selfconscious finding‟ as great master Sri Aurobindo puts it. It a „process of compressing one‟s evolution in a single year or few months or few hours of earthly existence‟ as Swami Vivekananda defines it. It is science or conscious evolution and transformation aims at bringing an end of sufferings in life. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  29. 29. 7 myths about Yoga-1 29 Myth -6 yoga is a religion/ cult, dogma Truth I once said to a group who attended my lecture on authentic yoga tradition. If you are a Hindu and practice yoga, you become a better Hindu. If you are a teacher and practice yoga, you become a better teacher. If you are a student and practice yoga, you become a better student. Yoga makes you a good – better-the best person. It never makes you a religious person or follower of a cult, dogma, belief. It brings face to face with the truth that is hidden within all of us and makes us free from dogma, belief and cult. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  30. 30. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga 30 Rites, ceremonies and services were done at the time of origin of yoga to allow the mind to settle in the practices, later when era of Upanishad came, most of them have been replaced by mental, physical, breathing and other set of practices. One can do prayer physically with many articles and replace it with mental prayers without actually practicing rituals. This transformation is unique in the evolution of knowledge and practices of yoga. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  31. 31. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga 31 Yoga is basically a technology that needs to be understood and applied in one‟s life. Adherence to practices is a challenge and if one guides you to perform certain sets of practices to inspire your whole being for continuity, it is good and does well for you. But if any rites and rituals are done to promote a cult, dogma and belief, then, it is not yoga at all. It is done to promote the cult, dogma and belief as yoga tradition aims at freedom liberty, peace and happiness and has no place for cult, dogma and belief. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  32. 32. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga 32 If one says that they have to teach and create a belief to practice yoga, then they are wrong and their impetration is wrong too. Apple phone is a technology, what sort of belief you need first before you buy the phone. None at all, however, you need to understand the applications, how to use it and when and where to use it in life. The same way, yoga also works, you tell your teacher about your goal of learning yoga and also listen to him about the ultimate goal of yoga. You begin the practice, follow a discipline and you get benefit out of it. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  33. 33. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga Truth 33 If you are believer in god or any cult you follow, and open to yoga practice, fine. If you are agnostic and aspire to evolve, it is fine. If you are neither believer nor non- believer, it is still fine. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  34. 34. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga Truth 34 Yoga demands that you should believe in yourself, your potential, your chance and choice of evolution that can bring change in your whole life. It does not begin with any outer belief thrust upon you. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  35. 35. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Myth-7 I have to perform rituals to practice Yoga 35 Truth Well, the second point is very important is your notion of peace, happiness, love, wisdom, truth – all lies hidden within you. Whether you start with the belief in them or disbelief in them, regular and uninterrupted practice, one day, surely awaken you to all of these traits of real-self – peace, happiness, love, wisdom, truth and more please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  36. 36. 7 myths about Yoga-1 36 Acharya Girish Jha, a master teacher, mentor, guide and life coach holds MS (Physiology, Psychology, Yoga), BS, Dip. Yoga, nature cure, Cert. in Research methodology, Magneto therapy and Board Certified Professional Counselor (APA). He has the credit of teaching over 100000 people during the last over 33 years, conducting over 1000 workshops, seminars, and talks, actively coordinating research projects in Asthma, Diabetes, Stress Management, High Altitude Sickness research, meditation and stress management, offered life coaching (integral wisdom with customized practices) to more than 500 couples, conducted over 300 Radio talk shows, anchored over 30 TV serials on Yoga. He has experience of over 28000 hours of teaching( 6000 hrs. of life coaching and spiritual counseling), contributed over 200 articles/papers on yoga and yoga research, developed specialized practices based on conscious evolution and transformation , integrating higher , secret practices of Tantra, authentic yoga, spirituality. please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use
  37. 37. 7 myths about Yoga-1 Thank you Let us move from ignorance to wisdom 37 please visit www.girishjha.org for disclaimer, copyright and permission to use

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