Who Shall We Call A Yogi?
What is a yogi ?
A yogi is basically a practitioner of Yoga seeking to integrate mind, body, and spirit. The feminine form is yogini. The word originates from the ancient holy language of India called Sanskrit. Yoga translates to “to yoke” or “union”.
A yogi commits themselves to the practice to maintain a level of adeptness and proficiency, incorporating asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra, mantra, tapas, yogic philosophy, bhakti (devotional) yoga, karma yoga (selfless service), and ethical guidelines (yamas and niyamas). Discover more about Yamas and Niyamas (link to article 14)
In essence, a yogi strives to be the best human possible and to embody the virtues of kindness, truthfulness, compassion, and patience towards others.
The lifestyle of a Yogi
Yogis make lifestyle choices that bring them towards a place of sattva, a state of equanimity and inner peace. Another important quality in a yogi’s lifestyle is the attainment of balance and harmony. They are characterized by their enlightened attitude and their quality of Self-awareness. Yogis are usually vegetarian.
How Become A Yogi?
To become a yogi, it is much more than simply calling yourself one. It takes incredible dedication and commitment. It’s about the lifestyle that you lead and how you interact and influence those around you.
1. Practice yoga often – Discover the benefits of yoga and meditation
2. Find a good teacher - Discover our best gurus and teacher
3. Commit to deepening your practice
4. Take a vow to incorporate the yogic values and ethics as much as possible in your daily life. Embrace the Yamas and Niyamas.
5. Make positive lifestyle choices
Discover why is it important to do a yoga teaching training to become a Yogi (link to article 24)
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