The name Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" which means to yoke, join or unite. It defines the practices that join together all the aspects of an individual (mind, body and soul) and bring them within the proximity of the supreme power or universal energy.
Yoga and its origins can be traced back many millennia, but the knowledge and traditions have been flawlessly passed on from teacher to student for generations. Today we have the privilege of learning from these great teachings to improve our mental and physical health.
The Aim Of Yoga
The aim of yoga is to attain "Kaivalya" (emancipation or ultimate freedom). It involves freeing oneself from of chains of cause and effect (Karma), which holds us in the continual cycle of reincarnation. Once Kaivalya is attained, the individual leaves world and its sorrows behind and remains in a state of "Nirvana" (eternal bliss).
Yoga uses meditation as a means of attaining inner peace and regulating the body's flow of energies. It complements many medical treatments to help the patient maintain a positive state of mind that is essential to healing.
We are continually forcing ourselves to maintain a certain chain of thought in our lives. When practiced regularly, meditation allows the mind to be free to think about whatever it chooses and strengthen its capabilities without any boundaries that we impose upon it.
Benefits Of Yoga
- Relieves stress and relaxes the body.
- Boosts physical strength, stamina and flexibility.
- Fosters self control.
- Helps heal new or old injuries.
- Increases pain threshold.
- Provides mental clarity.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Enhances posture and muscle tone.
- Improves blood circulatio.
- Results in healthy, glowing skin.
- Cleanses and improves overall organ function.
- Encourages peace of mind and a positive outlook.
- Promotes internal harmony.