Yoga

  • October 17, 2016
  • Les Routes Insolites

Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.

In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.

Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.

Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other.

Classic yoga from the east follows ancient Hindu discipline, incorporating asanas(physical exercises and postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation designed to move someone towards peace of mind and spiritual enlightenment. For Hindus and Buddhists, the goal of yoga is union with Brahman(the eternal or absolute) and Atman (your true self) – not so much about sculpting a “yoga booty.” Yoga is not a religion, but many followers use it to enrich their spiritual practice.

In the west, modern yoga styles are generally thought of as physical exercises to build flexibility and strength.