What Is Yoga?
Yoga is not just physical exercise – the Sanskrit word yoga means union or integration: of body, breath, mind and spirit. The practice of asana (physical postures) together with pranayama (breathing techniques) and relaxation or meditation combines to create a sense of wellbeing, physical harmony, mental clarity and self-awareness. It is believed that yoga originated in India approximately five thousand years ago. It is an ancient, eastern philosophy which offers a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit helping us to cope with the challenges of daily life, so we can enjoy all it has to offer.
It is certainly not a ‘one-size fits all’ activity, but although there are many different styles of yoga they all share the same core values. Today yoga is practised by millions of people around the world, old and young alike, with its enduring popularity a testimony to its timeless teachings, enabling us to change ourselves for the better.
Why Practice Yoga?
- Increased flexibility, stronger muscles and bones.
- Improved posture and balance.
- Healthier joints.
- Improved lung function with slower and deeper breathing.
- A stronger immune system.
- Increased concentration and focus.
- Lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Reduced anxiety and stress.