Yoga – Mind Body Alignment
Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
B.K.S. Iyengar – Astadala Yogamala
Yoga survives today not only as the oldest and most holistic mind-body health system, but it is by far one of the most popular methods to reduce stress. Literally translated from the Sanskrit language, it means union, and it aims to unite physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It naturally induces spiritual awareness, deep relaxation, mental tranquility, concentration and clarity, fused with physical strength and suppleness.
Can anyone do yoga?
Although many people do yoga as another form of exercise, just about anyone can do participate. Yoga poses or asanas, are a system of stretches, twists, bends and balances and can be designed around an individuals needs. So if you are young or old, in shape or not, you can do yoga. Breathing is very important in yoga, as this helps us to relax our minds and prepares us to internalize or meditate. This helps us focus and we naturally become less anxious and the world becomes a less hostile place.
Do I have to study a philosophy?
Yoga has a rich, spiritual tradition and deep philosophy that includes Yogic paths such as Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Karma Yoga. All these paths can be integrated into any and all religions and were designed to help us know ourselves. Know what makes us tick, what makes us really happy and the root cause of our suffering. So the answer to this question is no, you don’t have to delve deeper. We leave that up to you, you gain whatever benefits you want- and you have nothing to lose.
How can Yoga help me?
At its most basic, Yoga and breathing (pranayama) will tone the body, build stamina and invigorate us both physically and mentally. It can delay many signs of aging by stimulating the system, helping to maintain hormone levels and this has a revitalizing effect. Yoga had helped numerous people lose weight by offering options to their lifestyle and diet. It has also become a safe option for many, alleviating common ailments, such as PMS, arthritis, backache and many stress related diseases such as depression, insomnia and fatigue.
At the Vedic Cultural Fellowship we offer individual and group or corporate programs on all aspects of Yoga. Especially for those who are always on the go and wish to discover new ways of approaching their work and day-to-day lives.
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Yoga calms me down. It’s a therapy session, a workout and meditation all at the same time! — Jennifer Aniston