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What is Yoga?

What comes into your mind when you hear the word Yoga?          Well, if you think of women and men in seemingly impossible poses, then you may have an inkling of what Yoga is.

But that's just what it is - an inkling.

Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 500 years. The word "Yoga" came from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate." Yoga then is about the union of a person's own consciousness, and the universal consciousness.

Ancient Yogis had a belief, that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. The Yogis formulated a way to achieve and maintain this balance, and it is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation - the three main Yoga structures.

In Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect, for it is the primary instrument in man's work and growth. Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs, and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result in better health. Breathing techniques were developed based on the concept, that breath is the source of life. In Yoga, students gain breathing control as they slowly increase their awareness. By focusing on their breathing, they prepare their minds for the next step - Meditation. There is a general misconception that in Meditation, your mind has to go blank. It doesn't have to be so. In Meditation, students bring the activities of the mind, into focus, resulting in a 'quiet' mind.

By designing physical poses and breathing techniques that develop
awareness of our body, Yoga helps us focus and relieves us from our everyday stress.

You may ask, "Is Yoga for me?"

Definitely, Yes! Yoga is for anyone, of any age, level of fitness or ability, who is willing to learn its ways and ideas.  It does not actually require any special equipment or clothing.                What it requires, is your will to have a healthier, stress-free self.               You may first approach Yoga as a way to achieve a great body, or to keep fit, and that is perfectly alright.    Yoga really does help in improving your health as the stretching tones your muscles and exercises your spine and your entire skeletal system.

But that's not the whole story ?
Don't just take advantage of what Yoga can offer you physically.        A deeper experience when you discover Yoga is that it encourages you to reflect on yourself, and find your inner self, something most of us forget about with our busy lives.

Yoga exercises not just your body, but your mind as well. With a healthy body and mind, and improved inner peace, you're on your way to a more fulfilling life.

And as this recent Danish Family proves,
even for the abosolute beginner, it's great fun too !

'Therapy for Mind, Body & Soul'
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