Yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago. Yoga is a spiritual practice with physical, mental and spiritual benefits. The word "Yoga" is a Sanskrit term meaning union. Yoga is practiced to bring about the understanding and mastery of the mind and body, and to facilitate union between the individual consciousness and the Universal or Divine consciousness. The science works to bring the student back in touch with the state of Oneness that exists at the core of every being and is our natural state. Through the training of body, breath and mind, one can gradually attain higher levels of self-knowledge and wisdom, as well as enjoying a healthy body and a calm and clear mind.
General Benefits of Yoga
A regular and consistent practice of Yoga, accompanied by a healthy diet and regular sleep, leads to harmony of body, breath and mind. Through Yoga one learns to cultivate mindfulness in daily life, reducing distractions and painful attachments. Challenges such as stiffness, physical illness, poor breathing habits, depression and an inability to concentrate or manage stress, become less obstructive to inner growth. Yoga leads to a spontaneous lightness of body and mind, a sense of natural energy, wholeness, vitality, joy and a sense of wellbeing on all levels. Yoga cultivates states of centeredness, clarity and focus.
Improves flexibility, strength, stamina, posture, alignment, excess weight is reduced, movement becomes easy and graceful, stress is reduced and regulates body systems (including the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, digestive systems).