What is yoga?
Yoga is the practice of self-observation through which we can get control over the fluctuations of the mind so we can eventually get mastery over the mind.
The practice is based on philosophies from ancient texts that provide guiding principles and practices from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas.
Through understanding yoga, we begin to understand that the individual self (ego) to the universal self (soul) are never separate.
Through a conscious process, we accelerate growth of the self in its’ entirety, learning to live in a higher state of awareness.
In itself, this is a practice of mindfulness.
Yoga integrates the union of the body, mind and breath. Through regular practice of various yoga techniques such as asana (postures & movement), meditation, self-inquiry and pranayama (breath work), one can experience ease in the body and clarity of the mind.
Yoga is a system that cultivates a greater awareness and sense of Self.
In fact, it improves patterns of the mind by replacing unhealthy habits and relentless mind chatter (which contribute to disease in the self) with overall improved health, clarity of mind and happiness in life.
The Yoga Sutras describes that the practice begins with ethical and spiritual observations as one moves along the 8 limbed path of yoga which are: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi”.
Here we will mainly explore the Asana sutra, the more commonly known form of Yoga practiced around the world. We will also venture into the practice of the Pranayama sutra.
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