What is Yoga?

 
Yoga was first practiced over 4,000 years ago in the Indus Valley, once part of India but now in modern day Pakistan.  Modern yoga has its roots in the mid 1890’s, when Indian Swami’s started visiting the USA and Europe.  By the mid 1940’s, western students were visiting India to find gurus, then returning home to set up yoga schools and pass on what they had learned.  Today, yoga is practiced all over the world and new styles are evolving all the time.

 

Yoga is not simply an exercise in stretching, it is a philosophy of life that teaches the individual how to achieve a calm mind, which in turn helps to channel energy throughout the body.  The therapeutic effects can benefit anyone, regardless of age, beliefs, disposition and physical capabilities with positive and remarkable results.

 

In todays hectic world with the ever-increasing pace of modern life and varied demands, yoga acts as a relaxing balm, counter-balancing frantic lifestyles by quietening the mind and allowing individuals to slow down and savour living in the present moment.

 

The Heart of Yoga Mission Statements

 

To overcome the limitations of the body.  To teach that the goal of every individual’s life is to take the inner journey to the soul. – B.K.S. Iyengar

 

Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise.  – Swami Sivananda

 

Be the Change you wish to see in the World. –  Mahatma Ghandi

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