Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind.
– The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.2
In recent times Yoga has spread like wildfire across the western world and is now part of everyday language. We all know somebody who practises yoga exercises at home, in a studio, or at a gym. However many may not be aware of it being one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are considered the most authoritative by many Yoga experts. Here in verse two he tells us that Yoga means to still the movements of the mind so that we can turn inward and perceive our true identity. This does not mean that we become sedated, for that would mean the anaesthetist could produce the best Yogis. Instead we become mindful and can control our senses and mind achieving greater freedom and ability to direct ourselves accordingly.
When the ocean is roaring and aggressive the sand and dirt flies everywhere clouding the water, but when it is calm the debris sinks to the bottom allowing us to see more clearly. We should practise Yoga to calm the ocean of our mind and realise our true being.