General Information About Yoga

Yoga originated in India about 5,000 years ago. It has gained popularity in America within the past 30 or 40 years. The form of Yoga we know today as Hatha Yoga is not mentioned in early texts. Hatha Yoga evolved from early practices.

Yoga is not a religion. People of all cultures experience the benefits of Yoga. You can practice Yoga no matter what your physical condition. Some people are drawn to Yoga to keep their bodies physically fit, while others practice for the stress relief and healing.

The Asanas (postures) give you a total body workout, giving you strength, stamina, and flexibility. The spine and entire skeletal system are worked as well. Pranayama or breathing exercises warms up the body and stills the mind. Practicing Meditation increases your clarity, mental power, focus and concentration. Yoga will teach you an overall holistic way of life.

The word Yoga means to join or unite. The underlying purpose being to unite the mind, body, and spirit. Also, to unite ourselves with the higher consciousness of the world.

Yoga also teaches us to be more accepting of ourselves and others. You learn to observe your breath, while getting to know your inner body. You learn non-judgement. With practice of observing the breath with movement, you let go of the constant analysis and judgment in your outer being. You learn how to observe your thoughts rather than getting caught up in the mind chatter, bringing forth balance and alignment. Instead of competing, Yoga teaches cooperation and service to others. Most of all, Yoga teaches us the importance of our individual selves, which is not our past and not our future events. Our purpose is to be in the present moment.