What is Yoga?
Updated: Sep 4, 2018
It all begins with the breath....
Yoga is a 5,000 year old practice and the Sanskrit word literally means ‘Union” – union of the mind, body and spirit. It means any form of connection; to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself.
It also means awareness and to awaken consciousness through movement, breath and sound; to let go of expectations, let go of the past and let go of the future. Be curious with an open mind.
Yoga is a system, not beliefs, of techniques and guidance to enrich your life and living which leads to higher awareness and fulfillment.
Yoga is ‘A True Harmony of the Head, the Heart and Hands’ to reveal your true nature. (Yoga Alliance)
But for me Yoga has been an experiential process of growth; teaching me to calm my mind and slow my body in order to reconnect spiritually as I move unconsciously to consciousness. My journey started with the introduction to hot yoga in 2007 with my sons on Mother’s Day – I was hooked! It was a true detox workout that felt great after a marathon! But I wanted to learn how to breathe! And that led me to my studies in Yoga Therapy in Toronto and India.
Today I wake up with a warm cup of herbal tea and 20 minutes of meditation followed by a series of sun salutations or digging in my garden; at the cottage I experience stillness while standing on my paddleboard and then I move onto my mat. I have learned to listen to my body and respond with movement and breath and sound; I also attend various group classes to share and receive a different energy and experience.
Yoga can be studied through source texts such as The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras which explain the nature and obstacles that get in the way of higher awareness and therefore yoga is best acquired through experience for a deeper understanding.
Yoga practice promotes all aspects of well-being ,restoring homeostasis which is the balance of all systems; healing and strengthening the body with relief from aches and pains, healing of the mind allowing for relaxation and calm and spirit to connect to your soul. Find your Bliss!
Patanjali – the pioneer of classical yoga – says it is ‘the cessation of the modification of the mind’
It all begins with the breath...become conscious when you inhale....
With so much gratitude and Blessings