What yoga is really about? This is interesting question and every yoga teacher has his/her own answer to it. Yoga means different things to different people and Western view on yoga differs immensely from Eastern view, where yoga was originated. I try to focus on traditional approach to yoga and I explain a bit about it here.
The demand for health and wellbeing raised dramatically within the last 20 years or so and yoga came along as a tool to improve health, reduce stress, prevent body from ageing or build up the body. However, the real purpose of practicing yoga seem to be overlooked or even completely forgotten.
“As one practices hatha yoga techniques, one’s physical and mental potential begins to increase and unfold.
After long and arduous practice of yoga, the psychic potential manifests, may be in the form of clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, telekinesis, psychic healing etc. These are called siddhis or perfections. Some people regard them as a grand achievements, but they are only temporary manifestations which can ever hinder further spiritual progress.
The goal of all yogic sadhana (spiritual practice) is to discover and experience the universal spirit within and if siddhis (psychic powers)are indulge in, they take one away from the ultimate experience. Therefore, they are better ignored as they are not the desired fruit of hatha yoga.
Although regular practice of hatha yoga can bring about many powerful changes and desired results, it is essential to remember that they are only side-effects.
Hatha yoga is to be practiced for the only purpose of preparing oneself for the highest state of raja yoga, Samadhi (the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached)” *
*Hatha Yoga Pradipika Chapter 1 verse 2