The Zen Yoga Connection: Finding Similarities Between Zen and Yoga

The Zen Yoga connection is a very real thing. How many of you have left Yoga Class feeling calm and relaxed,
yet with a certain mental clarity and elevated consciousness?




Becoming A Spiritual Warrior

Anyway, Zen and Yoga seem to be worlds apart from each other, though Zen Buddhism’s origins date back to the subcontinent of India where Yoga was born.

“The obstacle IS the path.” ~Zen Proverb




Yoga is the system of transforming body, mind and spirit into an enlightened state, to become united with God, or the divine. Both Zen and Yoga have similar goals in that respect (let’s just say, both are paths to enlighten the spiritual warrior within).

What’s Yoga’s Deal?

The thing about Yoga is that in America it’s practiced mostly at the gym, with the goals of getting into physical shape while reducing stress. But Yoga is an ancient practice that has its origins in spirituality and attaining spiritual knowledge, eventually. The physical aspects of Yoga are simply to prepare the body for meditation and achieving a higher consciousness.

The Thing About Zen

Zen focuses on the teachings of Buddhism while utilizing meditation as a path toward enlightenment, to become an enlightened being, hopefully more compassionate, understanding, kind and more wise. Zen emphasizes “seated meditation” or zazen. It is this method of stilling the mind and attaining the beginner’s mind that one gains more insight into one’s being, as a path toward enlightenment.

See Also: What is Zen?

The Zen Yoga Path

The two systems, both Zen and Yoga, can be used together to create balance and harmony in one’s life.

Zen Yoga can improve one’s outlook toward life in many ways. Its teachings can be applied directly and help one cope with the difficult aspects of life experience.

It takes the right mind and attitude to even approach both systems and begin a daily practice. Dedication, devotion, commitment, reading the teachings, practicing the asanas, and taking the time to meditate, are the requirements of a daily practice.

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. —Zen Proverb

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Carlos Rull

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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