The word yoga taken from the ancient Sanskrit language translates to mean union; the union occurring between mind, body and spirit.
The entire system or science of yoga is based on 3 key practices: physical exercise, breathing and meditation. Physically the postures or asana are designed primarily to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body maintaining their efficiency of function.
Breathing techniques are carried out with the premise that breath is the source of life; there is no breath without movement, no movement without breath. Yoga emphasizes the control of breathing, again with the aim of improving physical function and promoting good health. Together these two system prepare the body for meditation, facilitating the mind to find a space of quiet to open the body up to healing from daily stresses.
Although traditionally there are considered to be 8 limbs or practices in yoga the modern and specifically the Western world views yoga as simply a form of exercise.
If I had to sum up what yoga is to me, it is an amazing system for physical, emotional and spiritual (mental) health that takes the practitioner on an endless journey into who they really are.
Sharing my experiences, knowledge and opinions (of which I have a great deal!) is part of my journey and you are welcome to join me in discovering what this thing called yoga can really do.
‘You cannot DO yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state’