YOGA 

 

What exactly is Yoga? 

Namasté

(Nah-Mas-Tay)

My soul honours your soul. 

I honour the place in you where the universe resides. 

I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. 

In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are ONE. 

Yoga as a word means union or oneness, and is derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj (to unite). It's origin is believed to have been founded in India thousands of years ago. The physical aspect that is much more known originates from a path of Yoga known as Hatha. ‘Ha’ represents the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon. In practice this is your mind and body connection. This balance is achieved through breathing exercises (Pranayama) physical asanas (poses) and meditation. Yoga also teaches us awareness to ourselves, to others and to the world around us. It has been greatly shown to improve both physical and mental health.

Yoga truly is much more than just the physical postures that are sequenced together within a class. We can take the practice off the mat and into our everyday lives through the 8 limbs of Yoga. Yama (behaviour) Niyama (attitude) Asana (posture) Pranayama (breath) Pratyahara (senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (bliss).  These 8 limbs in Yoga life Philosophy help to instil a balance and harmony in our everyday, often busy lives. 

Even with the philosophy and origin, Yoga is quite complex to explain. This is due to it being so personal to all who happily stumble upon it on their journey. Whether that stumble be for physical, mental or other unique reasons – there is a place for everyone within it. 

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