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Origins of Yoga: Quest for the Spiritual [Video]

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Origins of Yoga

This documentary gives a superb introduction to the true spiritual roots of Yoga. Now that America has embraced Yoga and taken it to the gym, treating it like any other aerobics or Zumba class, it’s important to know the origins of Yoga.

Yoga is a spiritual practice from India in which the Yogi (ardent practitioner of Yoga) follows its eight limbs to reach a heightened state of spiritual awareness.

Yoga has long been a tradition in India as a system of becoming one with God. It’s main goal is to prepare the body for long hours of meditation, and with the soul aim of achieving Samadhi, to merge with God.

Origins of Yoga

The Yogis in India renounce everything. They literally wander with a begging bowl and are spiritually focused on improving the soul. Each Yogi’s only goal at this point is to merge with God. They will seek solitude in the Himalayas where they can be more focused on this goal.

I have this documentary in my collection of DVDs. And it is quite enlightening in many ways. For the Yogi’s to seek an ascetic way of Life is quite extreme, but one understands the devotion and dedication to such a Life.

From Amazon.com

While Yoga is extremely popular in the West, few people realize where it came from. Yoga is often seen as an exercise regime, yet it is really a path to the inner self, the Divine. And the physical benefits of yoga are just a small part of its benefits. The path of yoga is shrouded in antiquity – when Himalayan sages probed the deepest mysteries of life — and what lies beyond death.

ORIGINS OF YOGA features the world’s leading authority, Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., who has written thirty-six books on the subject.

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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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