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Would spirituality get in your way of practicing Yoga?

Updated: May 19, 2023

Introduction

At Clarity Yoga Shala, we believe Spirituality is a feeling of being connected to something bigger than yourself. It's a way of life that can help you find peace and meaning in the chaos of everyday life.


However, many people think of spirituality as something abstract or out-of-reach, but it doesn't have to be that way. You can start living a more spiritual life today, regardless of any religious beliefs or lack thereof. Spirituality doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it can be quite simple. All that is required is an open mind and a willingness to explore new ideas.


In this blog post, we will explore the power of spirituality and how it can help you become a better version of your own self. We will not only explore what it means to be spiritual, but some tips on where to begin your journey. We'll also explore how some religions incorporate spirituality into their teachings.


So, if you're ready to take a leap of faith and start living a more spiritual life, we invite you to join us on this journey.

Table of Contents

1. What is Spirituality?

2. What is Religion, and how does it relate to spirituality?

Spirituality in Buddhism

Spirituality in Christianity

Spirituality in Hinduism

Spirituality in Islam

3. Can being spiritual make you a better person?

4. Tips for Becoming More Spiritual

5. Conclusion


What is Spirituality?

Spirituality, in its broadest sense, could be a way of searching for meaning (or purpose) that goes beyond the individual. At the same time, it's also deeply personal and unique to each person. In general, spirituality includes two key concepts:

● A yearning to connect with something larger than ourselves – a quest for Meaning (with a capital M)

● The belief that we are all connected – recognising that what ties us to our concept of a higher power also links us to one another.(1)

Generally, people who are spiritual seek to understand the meaning of life and their place in it. They look for answers in nature, art, literature, meditation, yoga, and other activities that bring them closer to a higher power or consciousness.


In short, Clarity Yoga Shala believes spirituality is about inner growth and transformation.


Thus incorporating spirituality consciously into daily life could improve its experience, regardless of religious beliefs. Some people find that when they become more spiritually connected, they open up to new opportunities and possibilities –rather than the limitations of probabilities.


What is Religion, and how does it relate to spirituality?


Religion is a set of beliefs, traditions, and practices related to one's relationship with the divine. It usually involves worshiping a deity or deities, praying and attending religious services, reading sacred texts, and observing rituals.

Religion can be closely linked to spirituality, but they are not the same thing. Religion is usually structured and organized, while spirituality is more open-ended and often personal.

Religion typically involves specific beliefs, laws, and practices that are intended to bring adherents closer to the divine or their understanding of it. Spirituality can be a way for people to practice faith without having to it adhere to rigid religious rules and structures.

Religion may provide some guidance on the spiritual journey, however Clarity Yoga Shala believes it's important to remember that you don't need to adhere to one religion in order to be spiritual. All you need is an open heart and mind.

Let's take a closer look at what all the religions have to say about "Spirituality"


- Spirituality in Buddhism

Buddhism emphasizes the importance of compassion and mindful awareness. It teaches that the key to spiritual growth is developing an inner sense of peace, compassion, and understanding.

Buddhists believe that when we practice mindfulness, we can reach a state of enlightenment in which we are free from suffering and able to find true happiness. Through meditation and other practices, we can learn to be aware of the present moment and let go of our attachments to material things. (2)

- Spirituality in Christianity

Christianity is focused on developing a relationship with God. It teaches that the path to spiritual growth is paved by faith and love–being faithful to God, loving one another, and following Christ's teachings.

By practicing self-reflection and incorporating spiritual practices like prayer into our daily lives, we can come closer to understanding our place in God's plan.




- Spirituality in Hinduism

In Hinduism, spirituality is closely linked with self-realization or union with Brahman, the divine force that pervades all of existence. Hindus believe that by walking the path of devotion and knowledge, we can transcend our physical limitations and reach spiritual liberation.


The goal is to achieve moksha or liberation from suffering by deeply connecting with the divine. (3)


- Spirituality in Islam

In Islam, spirituality is about understanding the will of Allah and following His guidance.

The three main components to Islamic spirituality are cleansing the mind, body and soul, always keeping Allah in one's thoughts, and communicating with him through prayer.

It could be argued that the three elements go hand-in-hand. In other words, if you cleanse your soul, you will more than likely have the remembrance of God. The relationship between having a purified soul and remembering God is strong.


And if these two things are met, then as a result, you will pray to God truthfully and wholeheartedly. (4)


No matter what your religious beliefs are, it can be said that spirituality can be a powerful tool for becoming a better person and living a more fulfilling life. By cultivating an open heart and mind and engaging in spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, and self-reflection, we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and our relationship with the divine. Through this understanding, we can strive to become better people who are kinder, more compassionate, and more loving.

How can being spiritual make you a better person?


Spirituality can be beneficial in many ways, such as providing comfort and guidance when times are tough. It also has the power to help us become better people by increasing our self-awareness, encouraging us to be kinder to ourselves, and helping us make decisions from a place of love rather than fear.

Spirituality can help us become better people by encouraging us to take a step back and gain perspective on the world. When we open ourselves up to spiritual teachings, we often find that life isn't as chaotic or unfair as it may seem. We learn to let go of toxic attachments and appreciate the small moments in life.

Additionally, spirituality encourages us to practice gratitude, compassion, and understanding. We learn to accept our flaws and embrace our strengths. And ultimately, we become kinder and more accepting of ourselves and others.

Tips for Becoming More Spiritual

If you're looking to become more spiritually connected, there are many ways to get started. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

Try meditation or prayer – take some time each day to give thanks, reflect, and meditate on the things that are truly important to you - as an example of Raja Yoga)

Spend time in nature – take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or just sit in your backyard and observe the beauty around you. Nature can be incredibly calming and inspiring. – as an example of Tantra Yoga

Read spiritual books or explore different religions – expose yourself to new ideas and perspectives to help you on your spiritual journey – as an example of Bhakti Yoga

Practice yoga or other physical activities– allow yourself time to move, breathe, and connect with your inner self – as an example of Hatha Yoga

Be present in the moment – take some time each day to be mindful of your thoughts and feelings. This will help you become more aware and connected to the present moment – as an example of Jnana Yoga

Connect with others – reach out to friends, family, or people in your community who have similar spiritual beliefs as you. Sharing experiences and ideas can help you grow and learn, being of service by helping others – as an example of Karma Yoga

If you carefully look at the points we mentioned above, you would realize that spirituality has nothing to do with religion, and it is more about learning to be more mindful, kind and compassionate. When you connect with the divine in any shape or form, it will naturally make you a better person. No matter what your beliefs are, spirituality can help you become a better and happier version of yourself.

By taking the time to explore and nurture your spirituality, you are opening yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities. It may seem intimidating at first, but keep an open mind and stay committed to your journey. You'll be amazed by how quickly you grow and evolve!


Conclusion

Spirituality can help you become the best possible version of yourself, regardless of your religion. You don’t have to change who you are – just consciously add in some spiritual practices that you enjoy to help you grow.

You might be surprised at how much easier it is to live a good life when you have some guidance and support. That’s where spirituality comes in. It can give you the tools you need to make positive changes in your life, and all it takes is a little bit of practice each day.


It's time for you to take control and start living your best life.

There's no better day than today to begin making positive changes in yourself.

References

(1) Deepak Chopra

(2) Self Reflection

(3) Spirituality and hinduism

(3) The definition of Moksha and Union with Brahman is also very well explained in the book - Autobiography of a Yogi.

(4) Spirituality and islam

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