comes into your mind when
you hear the word Yoga?
Well, if you think of women in seemingly impossible poses, then you may have
an inkling of what Yoga is. But that's just it - an inkling. You've got a long
way to go before fully understanding Yoga.
is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more
than 5000 years ago. The word "Yoga" came from the
Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or
integrate." Yoga then is about the union of a person's
own consciousness and the universal consciousness.
Yogis had a belief that in order for man to be in harmony with
himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body,
the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated,
emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis
formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance and it
is done through exercise, breathing, and Meditation - the three
main Yoga structures.
Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect for it is the
primary instrument in man's work and growth. Yoga Exercises
improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs, and put
pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally
result to better health.
techniques were developed based on the concept that breath
is the source of life. In Yoga, students gain breathing control
as they slowly increase their breathing. By focusing on their
breathing, they prepare their minds for the next step - Meditation.
is a general misconception that in Meditation, your mind has
to go blank. It doesn't have to be so. In Meditation, students
bring the activities of the mind into focus resulting in a
'quiet' mind. By designing physical poses and Breathing Techniques
that develop awareness of our body, Yoga helps us focus and
relieves us from our everyday stress.