What is Yoga?
“Yoga is an ancient science, developed thousands of years ago, which teaches us how to live life successfully. It is not a religion but a living philosophy of life, which gives us the power to change our lives and teaches us to find a new vision, a new way of looking at the universe and ourselves. To find a inner peace in a chaotic world and compassion that will radiate and permeate in every aspect of the Self.” -Yoga Card Deck
The Sanskrit word yoga has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, meaning “to control”, “to yoke” or “to unite.” Translations include “joining”, “uniting”, “union”, “conjunction”, and “means”. An alternate root from which the word yoga may be derived is “yujir samadhau”, which means “contemplation” or “absorption. “This translation fits better with the dualist Raja Yoga because it is through contemplation that discrimination between prakrti (nature) and purusha (pure consciousness) occurs.” – Wikipedia Online
“Yoga is essentially a relationship…Yoga is the union of the individual’s unit consciousness with the infinate consciousness…Yoga is a technology of awareness, the techniques of Kundalini Yoga form the owner’s manual for human consciousness.” – Yogi Bhajan
How can Yoga help me?
“The benefits of yoga can be seen on all aspects of the mind and body. The deep stretching exercises lengthen each muscle so the physical body is toned and supple. They also improve the flexibility of the spine. Holding poses for a length of time increases strength and stamina. Energy levels are increased to boost morale and confidence. Yoga works on the central nervous system so we become calm and tranquil with a positive attitude toward life. When you practice on regular basis you will see results – an invigorated body, glowing complexion, sparkling eyes, a positive mind and a sense of inner calm.” – Yoga Cards
“Yoga helps people in every way: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Physically, a steady practice of yoga will give a variety of effects such as stimulating movement of energy in the body, calming the nervous system, soothing troubling thoughts, releasing blockages and opening energetic pathways, promoting better sleep, health and digestion. Yoga gives vitality, helps cleanse a body, develops muscle strength, and promotes flexibility. The organs are awakened and through breathwork the lungs are strengthened.
Emotionally yoga can release emotions held onto over time, healing and cleansing the emotional body. Muscles relax and create space within helping a person feel better on a day to day basis.
Mentally, yoga, through meditation, can build stamina, discipline, focus and concentration. Focusing the attention inward, a person can slow and still the constantly moving mind.
Spiritually yoga opens up energetic pathways and chakras in a person’s body. Yoga helps a person feel the connection to the divine.” – Liz Hudson, R.Y.T.
“Yoga is greatly needed. In our life today, each person must deeply understand why and what it means to be a human being…Knowledge only becomes real wisdom when you experience it with your own heart and Being, when it becomes your personal experience….You have a threefold structure: body, mind and soul. Your essence has a vehicle to experience the universe and the Self, through these three facets of you. You have your own depth and experience of each facet.”-Y.B.