The origins of Yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years to the very foundation of Indian civilization. Patanjalis' Yoga Sutras (3rd century BC) form the basis of classical Yoga philosophy. The word Yoga is most commonly interpreted from Sanskrit as "union". According to the Yogis, true happiness, liberation and enlightenment come from the union of the divine consciousness (Brahman) with the transcendent Self (Atman). The various Yoga practices are a methodology for reaching that goal.
Why practice Yoga?
Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Through its combination of focus on Proper Breathing (Pranayama), Proper Exercise (Asanas) and Proper Relaxation (Savasana), Yoga allows the body and mind to fully relax whilst also giving physical tone and strength.
Regular Yoga practice...
- improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
- reduces stress and tension
- improves metabolism
- lowers fat
- stimulates the immune system
- improves concentration and creativity
- boosts self esteem
- creates sense of well being and calm
- improves digestion
- regulates secretion of hormones