The Core Concepts of Yoga

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The core concepts of yoga align with Eastern philosophy, and particularly Buddhist philosophy. The following is a brief outline of the six core concepts of Yoga.

Impermanence 

“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.” – Paulo Coelho

The ‘truth of life’ is that all that we know is impermanent. The nature of reality is that anything that is not consciousness is in a constant state of movement and change. The Buddha described clinging to ‘things’ as though we can hold something or be something forever as the cause of suffering.

Dissatisfaction

“Resistance is futile” – Star Trek.

Dissatisfaction comes from attempting to resist change, and holding an attachment to ‘things’ that are impermanent. Non-attachment is [essentially] recognising that everything changes and nothing is permanent.

Ignorance and Wrong Perception

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” – Dalai Lama

Ignorance and wrong perception of reality and impermanence is the cause of dissatisfaction and suffering. Having the wisdom and knowledge of the nature of Reality is known as ‘Right Perception’ (or Right View on the Buddhist Eightfold Path).

Karma

“What goes around, comes around.”

Karma literally means ‘action’, and describes cycle of cause and effect. ‘Karma’ is the results of our past actions; our past actions and intentions determine our karma and our present and future experiences.

Samsara and Nirvana

“Samsaric pleasures are like salt water, the more we indulge, the more we crave.” – Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Samsara is the repetitive cycle of birth and rebirth, and the ‘life’ in between; it is the ‘wheel of suffering’. Nirvana is the state of being when the wheel of samsara is broken.

Interconnectedness

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville

This is the knowledge that everything exists in relation to everything else, and everything is inherently connected to everything else.

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