YOGA WITH ITS ANCIENT TRADITION AND BENEFITS
The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to unite; a union between mind, body and heart that integrates all the parts of ourselves into a unified whole. Just as a team performs at its best when all the members line up behind a common goal, we will be at our best when every part of ourselves is in alignment with every other part.
We are happiest when we are following our hearts and doing what we really love. In essence, when we bring our hearts, minds and bodies into alignment, we are peaceful and graceful, that is yoga.
Anyone can benefit from the practice of yoga. People of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and religions can practise yoga. The practice is suitable for anyone who wish to improve their health either physically or mentally.
Mentally, learning how to use one’s breath during yoga practice is highly important. Breath is synonymous with our life. Breathing is so natural and automatic that most people never even notice that they are breathing unless it is excited or restricted in some way. Breath serves as an extension of our life force as it moves within our body. It helps to calm our mind and reduces anxiety.
Physically, practising yoga such as standing postures help us to align our spine, increase strength in our legs; while balancing postures enhance our stability and mental concentration; backward bending postures help in rejuvenation and keep our spine supple and flexibility; forward bending postures help to calm and sooth the nervous system - it helps to release tension and improve digestions. These are a few examples of the benefits of yoga practices.