Yoga is a system of philosophy that originated in India probably 5,000 years ago. The Sanskrit word “yoga” is translated as “union” between mind, body and spirit. Yoga can provide us with the “tools” to cope with the challenges of daily life. On a mental level, the concentration practices and breath awareness exercises can help to develop the ability to stay focused and to control and slow your breathing, which calms the mind, enables you to relax, and to find space within yourself. Yoga can be practised by everyone, regardless of age, sex or ability.
Practising Asanas (yoga postures) is the very first step on the journey of Hatha Yoga. Asanas strengthen and tone the body, increase your flexibility, awareness and balance and your ability to relax. They improve the posture and encourage a better balance and suppleness. The objective of the posture work is not how far you can stretch or contort your body, but to combine stability (sthira) with ease/relaxation (sukham). The aim of practitioners of Hatha Yoga is to sit comfortably for a long period so he/she can eventually meditate without distraction.
Breath guides the asana practice. Breath-awareness often starts with simple breathing techniques to develop focus and concentration. Later these exercises are extended to “pranayama” practices which are meant to expand and control the prana (Sanskrit: vital energy, life force) through the breath. The aim is to learn staying focused and concentrated and to control and slow the breathing, which calms the mind and enables one to relax.
Meditation is a technique for exploring and calming the mind by using various methods which encourage “one-pointed” concentration and focus. The practice aims for re-connection with our true nature.
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“Yoga comes from a vast and ancient source. The only authentic Yoga is one that works for each person according to circumstances and needs, and there are many possibilities.”