What is Yoga?
The word itself comes from the Sanskrit word yuj , which is often translated "to unite, to join, or to connect." Yoga is a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is learning to come back to yourself. It’s finding your limits, expanding your boundaries, increasing your awareness, and being able to truly relax into your whole being. Through the practice of yoga you will be able to remember who you really are which you may have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast-paced life.
One of the reasons yoga has grown in popularity over the years is that it helps you feel harmonious, integrated and complete. As you learn to find your centre in a yoga pose, you practice finding your centre in other areas of life. Through the practice of asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras (hand gestures), bandhas (internal body locks) deep relaxation and meditation, you will unite your physical body with your mind and spirit. During yoga practice you begin somewhere known, and using your body and breath, you move toward an unknown. As you open your body and mind with yoga postures and breathing, you become receptive to the rewarding and profound experience of inner stillness.
While the mind tends to drift off into past and future thoughts, the body can only exist in the present moment. The practice of Hatha yoga encourages awareness of the body. This awareness helps your mind come back to the present encouraging you to let go of any mental baggage you may be carrying with you, reducing stress, instilling peace. It is a wonderful tool for transformation.