You cannot talk about yoga without mentioning its spiritual benefits. Already touched upon lightly when talking about such rewards as decreased hostility, an
improved outlook on life and peace of mind, yoga can be an invaluable tool to help you discover your true self.
Yoga experts say that when performed regularly it can actually diminish or totally eliminate the pride of a person's ego. To give you an idea of why this might be so, consider the times when you've been totally exhausted. Very it is during these trying periods that we are the hardest on ourselves. We criticize our actions and relive all the mistakes we've made. We find it difficult – if not impossible -- to forgive ourselves for mistakes or for poor performance.
However, the increased energy and general enlightenment that yoga produces helps us to surpass these feelings. We discover a strength inside of us we didn't even know existed. Instead of having to deal with issues involving our low self esteem, yoga provides its practitioners with the tools to help us concentrate on increasing our self-respect.
But more than that, an increased in your own self-respect and a widening view of the world as provided by yoga very often has wide-ranging implications. As we change our view of ourselves, we tend to see the world differently. Very often, this prompts an individual to perform good deeds. He is motivated to help others where previously he might very well have been wallowing in his own self pity. To serve others is the essence of spiritual knowledge.
Continued yoga practice leads to an increase in spiritual self knowledge. During the practice of yoga and the accompanying quieting of the mind, many people report that they have been able to see more clearly and actually grasp the nature of their true self at rest.
This very valuable knowledge may form the beginning of a quest for unity within the spiritual realm. Religious figures throughout the ages have found that the most expedient route to discovering God, Atman, the universe – or any other name you want to use for a Supreme Being – starts with the confidence of knowing the value of being at rest and listening to that quiet voice inside of us. In a nutshell, yoga helps you to live out the concept of "oneness."
And that oneness is not just relating to the relationship of you and your God – however you may envision him – but it also helps to reveal the oneness of your true self. No longer do you look at your mind, your body and your spiritual needs as separate entities, each beckoning for your attention. Yoga unites the three of these so that it's obvious that our mind affects our body, our body affects our mental outlook, and our spiritual well-being is dependent on both of these.
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