What is Yoga?

my link Yoga is an ancient art based on an extremely subtle science, that of the body, mind and soul. The prolonged practice of yoga will, in time, lead the student to a sense of peace and a feeling of being at one with his or her environment” B.K.S. Iyengar

 

Yoga is an ancient tradition, begun in India and now practised across the world. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘to join’, ‘to unite’ and in yoga we aim to join the mind, body and soul or inner light – to be ‘in the present’.

Hatha Yoga, most commonly found in the western world, is the physical movement of the body into poses ‘asanas’. Combined with an awareness of the breath, asanas stimulate and stretch the body creating an ability to relax more fully, The resulting well-being induces a deeply felt harmony between the self and the universe. It is in this state that we are truly able to just ‘be’. This is why we feel so content and at ease at the end of a yoga practice.

There are many different schools of yoga and many ways to practice. Every yoga class is different depending on the teacher and their style(s) of yoga, but they all stem from the same first traditions. Physical movement is just one aspect of yoga which can include meditation, breathing exercises (Pranayama) and other deeper practices to help find that sense of peace and bliss.

In comparison to high energy, fast paced exercise, yoga is a gentle, non-competitive exercise but it is no less challenging.

Anyone can practice yoga regardless of flexibility or strength, age or gender, culture or religion. Yoga is for everyone and everyone should try it!