WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga can be defined in many different ways. It is a holistic approach that helps you inhabiting your body fully, connecting you with your feelings, and bringing your mind in a coherent and clear state. Through this practice, we develop a healthy capacity to expand our understanding and knowledge to who we truly are in essence and the potential we have to create a truly fulfilled and wholesome life, which can lead us into simple presence.
Although there are many branches of yoga, the philosophy can be defined as joining or union (translation of yoga) of the many seemingly opposing layers of our being. It is one of the oldest system of personal development, encompassing body, heart, and mind.
The physical structure is composed by asanas or postures that exercise every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the skeleton system, organs, glands, and nerves, in accordance with breathing techniques know as pranayama that revitalise the body and help us to keep a centre and clear mind.
But the aim of yoga it isn’t just to help us develop our physical, and mental capacities, but by the fruition of a committed yoga practice we learn to deeply relax the inner struggle with life’s paradoxes.
The path of yoga, although diverse, it’s a set of practices that moves us out of comfort zones in our bodies and minds, engendering the possibility of broadening our capacity for connection.
This process becomes possible as we learn to be fully engaged in feeling our bodies and mental states in various poses and contemplations, as well as to observe how we are responding to our moment to moment experience as it unfolds.
Anyone can practice yoga. You don’t need special equipment or clothes, just a small amount of space and a strong desire for a healthier, more fulfilled life.