Yoga and Buddhism are intertwined customs which progressed and changed through the centuries in old India. Yoga uses many of the exact same Sanskrit-origin words, as does Buddhism. In addition many of the exact same concepts and practices permeate both traditions. To those brand-new to the practice of either Buddhism or yoga, it’s very easy to see not only the parallels and similarities in the practices however to see the traditions as associated.

Yoga

Yoga is any type of spiritual discipline aimed at gaining control over the mind with the goal of obtaining liberation from rebirth. Body positions and breath control prevail practices in numerous of the Indian-born religious beliefs. These practices were named ‘yoga’ before the time of the historical Buddha. The Buddha made use of such techniques as deep meditation, whereas other educators highlighted the workouts and bodily postures that ended up being referred to as the different schools of Hatha yoga.

Hatha yoga helps us to be more aware of our bodies, which supports the procedure of establishing mindfulness and other meditative states of mind. This is why Hatha yoga is an exceptional match to and preparation for the practice of meditation. Yoga and Buddhism are both reflection traditions developed to assist us transcend karma (rebirth) and become ‘enlightened’ to truth of awareness.

Suffering is viewed as a part of life, impermanence fundamental in all birth, whether it’s animal, human or god. Suffering ends through the awareness brought in big part by meditation. Both emphasize the have to liquefy the ego, the sense of self. Both customs highlight knowledge with reflection. Earliest Buddhist practice integrated meditation common also to yoga. The earliest yogic ideas are found in the early teachings of the Buddha.

Some of these teachings are codified in the Yoga Sutra (Second century CE) of Patanjali. According to this text, the goal of yoga is ‘the cessation of mental fluctuation’ (Cittavrtti Nirodha), and the practical techniques it makes use of to achieve this are really similar to early Buddhist methods of reflection based on breath control, which was advocated by the Buddha.

Buddhism and yoga, in my experience, are natural companions. These traditions bring mind, body, soul and heart into play flawlessly. I practice one as an extention of the other. Their paths are woven together of the exact same strands.

About Cynda Fuentes

Cynda practices Astanga yoga and meditation. She’s a Buddhist who believes in the power of reflection for putting her complex but delighted urban life in balance. She’s a History and Spanish instructor and travel author who tries to find time to browse, dive, explore Kombucha tea brewing, cook vegetarian meals, travel with her old black and white cam and contemplate running away the classroom for a full-time composing task or a stint teaching reflection or self empowerment. She resides in San Diego with her partner and her 3 years of age.