Yoga and it's purpose from the Yoga Sutra's
Classical Yoga is
based on Sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This entire book consisting of 196 sutras can fit into one single page.
Each sutra however is loaded with meaning. This scientific study of
the human mind still holds true 2500 years after it was written.
Ch 1 Sutra 1: Atha
beginning. Also refers to something which has always existed, which
has no beginning and no end.
Anu: To follow
discipline, systematic science, code of conduct
This is our
auspicious beginning to the discipline of yoga.
Ch 1 Sutra 2: Yogas
Citta Vritti Nirodha
Citta: The entire mind personality complex which consists of
mind, I sense, jnana indriyas (5 senses and their organs), 5 senses
of action (hands, feet, mouth, excretion and reproduction) and prana
or life force energy/ bio-energy.
Vritti: comes from
a word meaning Circular. Vriiti refers to the continuous waves,
fluctuations, modifications of the citta.
Rodha: to stop
Ni: skillfully or in a special way
Yoga is defined as
skillfully stopping the fluctuations of the mind personality
complex. Yoga practices allow us to have control over the mind,
body, breath and emotions.
If we can gain control over the mind, we will be established as a witness to our
true self / soul / pure consciousness. If not, we get identified with
these modifications and become slaves to the mind and body which are
meant to be used by us.
Humans are mostly motivated by pleasure, we work, eat, mate,
reproduce all in the pursuit of pleasure. Yoga practices create
pleasurable vrittis, positive states of mind, relaxation and
lightness in the body and mind. They help to purify us physically,
mentally and emotionally.