The Ultimate Goal of Yoga
Last Updated On July 23, 2021
Last Updated On July 23, 2021
The severe yoga practitioner is the embodiment of focus, discipline, and unwavering concentration on the mat. They are devoted to the perfection of the asana (poses), and they challenge the mind and body to achieve a 'higher state of being.' This concept sounds reasonable and rather impressive, but what does it mean? What is the ultimate goal of yoga?
Answering the above question is complicated. Typically, each yoga practitioner has a goal (or goals) individual to them. However, yoga has evolved for hundreds of years in various forms all around the world. In that case, there must be an ultimate goal to practice yoga for such a long period.
Yes, there is an ultimate goal. It is Moksha.
The liberation from worldly suffering and samsara is known as the Moksha. In other words, it is the cycle of birth and death through reincarnation. In the Vedas, it is the concept of Moksha evolved from the Purushartha concept.
Here Purush refers to the primal man. Primal Man is the one known for the source of the universe. In yoga practitioners, there is a belief that this concept of Purush included both men and women and is not gender-specific.
The purpose or aim of life is known as Artha. Therefore Purushartha refers to the drives in life. By designing our lives to fulfill Purushartha, there is a higher chance of attaining Moksha if we better accomplish our aims of life.
Attaining Moksha or salvation is essential for liberating the soul from the eternal cycle of birth and rebirth. Since our soul is immortal and never dies, it simply passes on to another body.
As an example, in Hindu monist schools (such as Shaivism and Jainism), there is a realization of identity with the Supreme Brahman at the point of Moksha. For bhakti schools of Vaishnavism, the culmination of identity made with Vishnu.
However, in all yoga schools, the practitioner's goal is the attainment of spiritual insight, perfect tranquility, and eternal peace. This path to achieve this is meditating according to the Brahman (the Hindu concept of divinity), which will lead to Moksha and lasting peace.
Moksha is more than just sweat on the mat and a few sessions a week for serious yoga practitioners. It requires a life of austerity and self-discipline based on the Five Yoga Principles (proper exercise, proper breathing, proper diet, proper relaxation, and positive thinking and meditation). Yama and Niyama are the rules and guidelines of a self-disciplined life.
The first steps in building a conscious relationship with the world and yourself are Yama (social ethics) and Niyama (personal practices). They are considered the first phase of the Eightfold Yoga Path Patanjali (individual development of the body, mind, and soul). They're known as the "do's and don'ts of being human" by many modern yogis and yoga instructors.
Always guidance to a disciplined life is based on self-imposed limitations and understanding of life's problems. Poor habits, frivolous lifestyles, and erroneous ideas all lead to a confused and mysterious reality. Yama and Niyama assist practitioners in prioritizing their inner and outside worlds to restore balance and proportion in all parts of their lives.
According to some yoga gurus, the ultimate goal of yoga is to be 'consciously conscious,' which means that the sensation of a "personal self" and the sense of "infinite spirit and consciousness" are united. They believe that the most important feature of yoga is the unity of the practitioner's various parts as the most crucial aspect of yoga. When practicing yoga asana, it is reflected that all of the practitioner's body parts are in sync with one another. They're all strategically placed to promote optimum circulation and concentration.
Throughout history, billions of people shared Moksha as the Nobel ambition. Today Yama and Niyama concepts guide the lives of thousands of yoga practitioners. Even though Moksha is considered yoga's ultimate goal, yoga provides many other benefits to personal endeavors. Therefore, you have to find the correct answer for the question: What is your ultimate goal of yoga?