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What is yoga ?

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Yoga is a Hindu spiritual as well as restrained discipline which includes regulating your breathing, meditation, and movement of specific body poses, widely practiced for its health benefits and relaxation. It is a 5000 year old Indian practice.The word “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yui” meaning to unite or integrate, Yoga unites a person’s mind, body and spirit and it is about the union of a person’s own consciousness with Universal Consciousness.

For a man to be in harmony with himself and his environment Ancient Yogis believed that a man has to integrate mind, body and spirit. For this integration to occur intelligence, action and emotion must be in balance. The Ancient Yogi’s developed the 3 main Yoga structures, to maintain this balance, exercise, breathing and meditation.Yoga converts the turbulence in our minds and bodies into peace and harmony experiencing the truth of the Universal Spirit consciousness.

Harmonising the body and mind, creating that unity the Ancient Yogis believed was essential to mankind, achieved through proper breathing, using breathing techniques, Yoga postures, known as asanas, and meditation. In Yoga one prepares the body for meditation by stretching and building strength. This is the physical practice of Yoga.

Yoga is essentially concerned with creating balance in the body by developing strength and flexibility. The body is the main instrument in work and growth, therefore Yoga treats the body with care and respect.

Yoga exercises as well as stretches benefit specific parts of our bodies.The poses can create heat in the body through movement if they are done quickly in succession (vinyasa) or to increase stamina and the perfect alignment of pose they can be done more slowly. The poses are common throughout all Yoga traditions how they are taught depends on the tradition in which the teacher was taught.

Breathing is the source of Life and based on this premise Yoga students gain control by slowly increasing their breathing, while focusing on this breathing they prepare for the next step of meditation.

Meditation is bringing the mind into focus creating a “peaceful” quiet mind.

Through physical poses and Breathing Techniques developing awareness of our body, Yoga helps relieve us from our everyday stress and helps us to focus. Yoga strengthens the body; a weak body is a hindrance to spiritual growth. Yoga focuses on the physical mental and spiritual aspects of our being as a whole.

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