Yoga – More Ponderings with My Friend “K”

Oh yes… Yoga – What is Yoga?

Some time ago, I had just parked my car and was walking to the scheduled meeting with a Client when I saw an old acquaintance skipping on a concrete slab adjoining the Office Building – yes it was his lunchtime.

“Hi, Jonathan, what’s the hurry? Don’t you do any exercise these days?, he asked.

“Uhumm, I do exercise ALL the time and my favorite is ‘jumping to conclusions’, and believe me that keeps me fully exercised”,  I said as a smart-ass joke.

“You should try YOGA”, he said skipping all the time.

I finished my meeting, but driving back I seriously thought… what exactly is YOGA. I know that it has been practiced all over the globe for well over a hundred years and more. I have heard a lot of people talking about this and, in India, it has become a national phenomenon. Everyone seems to be engaged in some sort of Yoga. Many thousands of books have been written about it over the ages. Many Gurus have popped up in all corners of the world, workshops, seminars, podcasts … and the list goes on and on… and yet how could one define Yoga.

Ponderings with my friend “K” seems to have summarized this age-old question

What is YOGA?

Is it a Science? Is it an Art? Is it a part of Religion?

Does anyone have a right over it? Does it give physical benefits?

Does it help the mind to rest and relax? Is that all there is to YOGA?

  • YOGA is a Science.
  • YOGA is an Art.
  • YOGA is not a Religion.
  • YOGA belongs to everyone. And in fact, it is practiced in some form or another in all parts of the world. Perhaps Indians have perfected its practice.
  • YOGA does result in physical benefits.
  • YOGA helps the mind – and that is not all.
  • YOGA is a practice that aligns the body with the mind and the Spirit.
  • YOGA is that practice that gets the Tamas, Rajas, and Satva gunas which are the material nature of a being to evolve to understand one’s true nature which is the nature of ONE’S SELF.
  • YOGA is a practice and a process of Evolution.
  • When one relaxes and loses the body consciousness even for a moment is YOGA
  • When one experiences even a moment of total thoughtlessness, it is YOGA.
  • When one feels the calm descending upon even for a split second, it is YOGA.
  • When one feels a sense of weightlessness, a sense of non-existence, a sense of total awareness, a sense of belonging to everyone, a sense of being everything is YOGA.

YOGA is not about carrying the meditation mat every morning and going to the centre where everyone meets and spends time stretching the body, sitting in a Lotus posture, trying hard in controlling the mind, falling off to sleep, or imagining things happening.

Is the culmination of YOGA meditation? And to understand that, is meditation sitting comfortably and letting the mind roam or control it? Is it about breathing easily – deep and relaxed?

Meditation is just to be yourself. It is about a State of Mind that is calm, collected, and content – always.

We celebrate YOGA every day, every hour, every minute, every second, and every moment. We realize it only when we are ready to acknowledge it. And that acknowledgment will make us embrace Equanimity Equanimously.

Wow, profound as this subject is – what do YOU think about Yoga?  What are your experiences? How has it helped you?

Please share your thoughts and experiences…I am positive there are very many who will benefit from your personal interaction with Yoga.


Jonathan Solomon
Jonathan Solomon
JONATHAN is a Finnish citizen of Indian origin and in the early 70’s was one of the very few “foreigners” to be granted a full construction license in Finland. Concentrating solely on the upper market and by identifying very talented architects he not only built exclusive homes in one of Europe’s most difficult countries, but also designed and crafted unique bespoke furniture specifically suited for these homes. He has been involved in various projects in over 20 countries. He is the Executive Trustee of an American Foundation involved in humanitarian projects. He brings his international experience and cultural understanding to create new exciting design solutions to satisfy even the most discerning Client. His clients include celebrities, VIP from the various segments of society and from the hospitality industry. He has managed an international interior design studio responsible for both residential and corporate projects and implemented numerous furniture procurement contracts.

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  1. Yoga is a practice. That is why it is called a yoga practice – there is no yoga perfect.

    And that is why it is so super democratic. You don’t need to be able to stand on one leg in a perfect tree pose to benefit. And when done on an ongoing basis there is a chance that the increased flexibility of the body might also be mirrored in the mind.

    If one doesn’t get too dogmatic about “the way”…

    • Thank you, Charlotte, most kindly for stopping by, and for sharing you thoughts.

      I will agreed with you that YOGA is a practice that aligns the body with the mind and the Spirit and that there are many benefits for those who practice. At my age, I am fearful for try it, as I am afraid that I would get ‘locked’ with no one to unlock me. *smile*

  2. Thanks so much for this, Dennis and Jonathan. My wife is a graduate of Kundalini Yoga teacher training, a profound activity that ignites the inner being. Yoga in any of its forms is a way to energize and engage life in ways many have not experienced. It has tremendous value.

    • Thank you for stopping by to read and comment.

      The Kundalini Yoga you mentioned were kept quite secretive for a very long time and now it requires dedication to fully master and reap the full benefits of this specific Yoga.

      Yes, it does give tremendous calm and peace and inner energy and feelings of blissfulness.

      Thank you once again.