Yoga basically means to yoke’ or to unite in Sanskrit. Could be interpreted to mean Unity of body and mind; ying and yang; dark and light or possibly the Divine with the human.To allow oneself to become more whole and mindful in this process. Yoga is a powerful tool for this unity on whatever level you may be coming in at; a tool to help you realise your true potential, a tool that helps you calm and collect your monkey mind, moving away from thinking and into feeling through the natural intuition and intelligence of the body. It’s a tool to help rid yourself of old defeating habits and behaviours that no longer serve you and learn to replace with new ones that do. Its a tool to help heighten your self awareness which leads internally to self love and externally to less judgement, more compassion and a very strong felt sense of interconnectedness with all beings
Yes it is also a tool to help you get more toned, flexible, stable, strong and centred than you’ve ever been in your life, but ultimately it is a science.Think of it like an internal GPS system guiding you to become the very best version of yourself. The route can be fast tracked with commitment or you can take the slow scenic route; Yoga can be totally superficial or as deep as you want it to be, its your journey into a united you.
There are Eight limbs ( Astanga) of yoga radiating from a central core,which consist of the following:
Yamas and Niyamas: Ten ethical precepts that allow us to be at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community.
Asanas: Dynamic internal dances in the form of physical postures. These help to keep the body flexible, strong, grounded and calm which in turn is mirrored in the mind. Their practice strengthens the nervous system creating a place where we can rediscover our inner stillness under all the layers of noise.
Pranayama: Roughly defined as breathing practices, and more specifically defined as practices that help us to develop constancy in the movement of prana, or life force.
Pratyahara: The drawing of one’s attention toward silence rather than toward things.
Dharana: Focusing attention and cultivating inner perceptual awareness.
Dhyana: Maintaining internal awareness under all external conditions.
Samadhi: The return of the mind into original silence.