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Passionate About Yoga

by Jazzy Lazzie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Beyond the flexible backbends and eye-popping handstands, yoga as a mind-body routine emphasising spiritual well being ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:center|color:%233d3d3d|line_height:1.5″ google_fonts=”font_family:Josefin%20Sans%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1469342505674{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Have a group of friends who love a good workout? Chances are that three out of five of them have practiced yoga or are keen on trying it. Unlike gyms and the great outdoors, yoga offers more than just an invigorating form of exercise – it is a great meditation tool known as mind-body practice. Besides providing a world of health and fitness benefits, yoga poses, stretches and routines penetrates to a person’s core; treating stress, insomnia and tension.
According to the American Yoga Association, the ancient Indian practice of yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. It was in the 1960s when yoga caught on and people started discovering the benefits that came with these dynamic routines combined with breathing techniques. Soon, hippies, rockstars and supermodels became avid practitioners, making it fashionable. Until today, this age-old spiritual exercise continues to empower the lives of people, proving it to be more than just a fitness fad. In fact, most fitness trends have borrowed some form of yoga into their routines!
If you’ve yet to experience the goodness of yoga, there’s no better time than now to get acquainted with it. Yoga doesn’t discriminate age, fitness or gender – to begin with, yoga is not about force but rather, a gentle, personal progress. We talk to yoga specialists and yogis on their experience and insight with yoga.
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“Yoga as an art of living life”

Senior Hatha yoga specialist at True Fitness Malaysia, Hemraj, has come a long way practising yoga for the past 15 years, making him the go-to for all yoga knowledge and advice. We sought his answers to some of our most curious questions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1469345702304{background-color: #94cca5 !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1470065258787{background-color: #94cca5 !important;}”]How did your yoga journey begin?

I’m indebted to the spiritual masters, seekers, healers, sages, saints and monks for their divine grace in sparking my in yoga journey. Nationally and Internationally, I learnt about Jivan Yoga Vigyan (life Yoga Science) from Ashramas (Hermitage), Pathshala (School), Yogashala and University which is situated and well known as Himalayan Kingdom, Buddha birth place and highest peak of the world Mount Everest, Nepal.

There are so many sports out there but why did you choose yoga?

Everybody has their own preferences and interest in choosing a suitable sport. From my point of view, yoga is not a sport, it is a life of science.

Initially, yoga attracted and impressed me physically, mentally and psychologically, but later on, I realised it transcends to a vast knowledge. I found it as atma vigyan (soul science) and sukshma vigyan (subtle science). I read stories and biographies about enlightened masters whom we call gods nowadays.

Regardless whether one is poor or royalty, weak or healthy, student or teacher, even the likes of doctors, engineers, pilots, businessmen and politicians enjoy regular yoga practice. That is why yoga is my life path and pride.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga is the union of physical and spiritual. The world looks glamorous but the source and reflection of beauty and life stems from the inside.

Yoga is the best medication for human beings; when  practiced right, it is physically, mentally, psychologically and spiritually beneficial. It transcends normal life to an enlightened life. It is not only beneficial for present life,  it’s believed to enhance the future and the next life. If you believe in yoga, it’s not a logic of life but an art of living life.

How many types of yoga are there?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1469345181012{background-color: #94cca5 !important;}”][vc_column_text]The paths of yoga described in the 5,000-year old Hindu holy bible, Bhagvad Gita are: Karma / Kriya yoga (path of action), Jnana / Sankhya Yyoga (path of knowledge), Bhakti / Raja yoga (path of Devotion to God Ishvara).

Modern yoga is based on the path of action that is Hatha yoga or Karma yoga / Kriya yoga. In Hatha yoga there are 8.4 millions postures and today we practice different style of yogasanas (yoga postures) such as Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, hot yoga, flow yoga, Yin yoga, basic yoga, intermediate yoga and advance yoga.

Is yoga suitable for everyone?

Yoga is the perfect art of living sadhana (practice). It is very much suitable for everyone but everyone should practice under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.

In what condition should one not take up yoga? 

If you talk about yoga origin, it’s a totally an unconditional practise. Unless you are talking about a particular part of yoga like asana (posture), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (contemplation) and mokshya (final liberation from the cycle of births and deaths), then we can say there are conditions and one can focus on the next level in practising yoga.

When is the best time of day to practice?

The best time is at Brahmā Muhurta, or a time period before sunrise, preferably 4am. This is also called the golden hour for yoga aspirants.

If you practise yoga at this time, your ability to transcend limitations is better because your life pranas (energies) are in a state flux. Beside this golden time, we recommend sunrise, noon, evening, sunset and night. Practice well, live well.

Finally, I would like to wish Lokāh Samastāh Sukhino Bhavantu: May everyone in this world be happy and prosperous.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_single_image image=”1652″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d”][vc_column_text]

Master Samir

Two-time international level yoga medalist: Malaysian International Yoga Championship 2011 gold medal and Champion of Champion, World Yoga Sport Championship gold medal

“People need to know what yoga is. Yoga in Sanskrit means ‘yug’, that means union. Yoga is a union of body, mind and soul. Yoga develops your concentration, improves your immune system, makes your body strong and flexible, physically and mentally. Every yoga practitioner gets new energy when they practice everyday. Enjoy your yoga practice and never compete with anyone. Be patient in achieving the yoga poses. Never give up.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_single_image image=”1654″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_3d”][vc_column_text]

Master Deepak

Holds a yoga MPhil and Master in Yogic Science from Barkatullah University, Bhopal, and multi-award winning yoga specialist

“Yoga is the proper combination of mind, soul and body. Via yoga, you can improve your internal, mental, physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual energies. So practice yoga and be the best of yourself in every level and part of your life.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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