What is yoga? An Introduction

What is yoga? The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to yoke” the spirit and physical body together or in other words to unite body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, yoga postures (asanas) and meditation.

Yoga PoseYoga is a popular activity for athletes, children, and seniors because it is much more than simple postures and breathing. Yoga can be modified to suit all levels of fitness. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure and increases strength and flexibility. Yoga energizes our bodies and calms our minds as well as to reduce stress and to eliminate anxiety. In this way yoga is a direct personal experience of the interrelatedness of all life and of all living things

In today’s climate, yoga is seen as a practical way to help you achieve a state of balance, sense of harmony and union into your life.

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