Yoga is seen as a form of physical exercise to gain fitness and reduce stress. This
is certainly true, however Yoga is far more than that. In yoga we harness the power
of our bodies but also unite this with the power of our minds.
Uniting and transforming the whole
Yoga is also the means of uniting our whole being – body, breath, mind and spirit.
To change the mind we need to alter the body. In yoga this is done through the practice
of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. By becoming aware of the body and the breath
and how it functions, allows us to alter the way we move and breathe and ultimately
the way we use our minds.
Ancient and tested
The practice of yoga can be traced back to 2,700 BC and in that time has been fully
tested and found to be a highly effective means by which the process of transformation
can take place. The change takes place on the entire person and affects the physical
body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit.
From the outside in
Yoga works from the outside in. It is a process of refinement from the gross body
to the subtle. We work on the physical body (coordinated with the breath) which is
the gross part of our nature. The focus then changes more fully to the breath, a
finer part. We end in a state of meditation where we are working directly on the
mind, which is a finer process still. The focus inward leads to Samadhi, the state
of bliss, of peaceful awareness, this ultimately is the goal of yoga.
What can yoga do for me?
Regular Yoga Practice can offer many health benefits: