Yoga is not in conflict with any religion or belief system: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

, 11:16 PM IST

New Delhi: As we look forward to celebrating the 2nd International Yoga Day, we must understand yoga in totality. Yoga is one of the greatest wealths of humankind.

We think yoga is just a series of asanas (postures/exercises). However, asana is only one of the limbs of yoga; there is much more to it. Yoga means union; it unites our hearts, mind, body and spirit, and unites us with people around us. With its practice, the body becomes healthy and strong, the breath becomes quiver-free, the mind becomes pleasant, the intellect becomes sharp, intuition improves and self-realisation dawns in the consciousness.

Maharishi Patanjali, the founder of yoga, has said that the purpose of yoga is, ‘Heyam dukham anagatam’, i.e., to prevent misery even before it arrives.