The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj meaning ‘yoke’ or ‘union.’ When you join the body with the breath and the mind, then you are doing yoga. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance.
In yoga the body is treated with care and respect. Yoga poses improve circulation, stimulate the glands, tone and lengthen the muscles, and massage the internal organs.
Numerous breathing techniques are taught and used by yoga students. Regulating the breath improves lung function, increases oxygen intake, calms and focuses the mind, and reduces impurities within the system.
Relaxation and Meditation
Having a mindful practise is key in yoga. Focusing on the intention during physical exercises and breathing, using mediation and relaxation techniques, becoming aware of how and what you feel develops awareness and relieves stress, creating greater harmony with yourself and your environment.
Yoga can be practised by anyone – regardless of physical ability or age – as long as there is a union among these three elements.
Yoga is not a religion nor is it simply an exercise regime. It helps bring all aspects of life to their full potential so that you have a healthy body and mind and a more fulfilling life.