Many talk about them, and more and more people practice them, but what are they? The word Yoga encompasses a lot, not just the practice of asanas as many believe. That is a very small part. The world of Yoga is exciting and encompasses a lot. Until you have been practicing for years, it is difficult to understand this passionate philosophy.
It is a simple process consisting of reversing the flow of energy and consciousness, which allows the mind to become a dynamic center of perception capable of apprehending Truth by direct experience, without depending on the fallible senses.
Through the practice of the specific methods of yoga we come to know our identity with the Infinite Intelligence, the Power and the Bliss that give life to everything that exists and constitute the very essence of our Being.
The term yoga means "union": the union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Although many people believe that yoga consists solely of physical exercises (the asanas or postures that have gained such popularity in recent decades), in reality these represent only the most superficial aspect of this profound science whose object is the development of the infinite potential of the human mind and soul.
It is an exercise through which we focus our mind on a virtuous object in order to bring it to a state of peace and calm. When meditating, we perform a mental action that will bring us to a state of inner peace.
However, it is not something immediate, so it is also an exercise in patience that requires perseverance and a learning process that requires certain resources, techniques and tools to finally be able to perform this practice in solitary and even at any time, environment or situation regardless of external circumstances, since in the end, it is a purely internal exercise.
Meditation is such a powerful exercise, since its purpose is to calm and pacify the mind, to bring it to a state of serenity, thus eliminating all those worries, thus allowing us to enjoy a state of inner peace that leads us to a feeling of true happiness from the calm.
They are spiritual centers where we go is immersed in a yogic way of life. It is the place where a spiritual community resides, originally in seclusion and in conditions of great austerity.
Originally the word ashram comes from Sanskrit and means "effort". From this definition we can assume that it is a very beautiful place because it is protected from the aggressions of the world and its concerns, and where it is used for spiritual refuge and inner growth, but at the same time it represents the challenge of accepting a style of quite ascetic life.
In this sense, they are places that operate on different precepts from the world, but the most authentic, especially those located in India, at the same time are very strict.