What is Yoga?

“Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.” ~ Pattabhi Jois, creator of Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga means Union of mind, body and spirit. To achieve this Union there are many pathways of yoga that can be practiced. The first two most commonly practiced here in the west are breathwork, called pranayama, and yoga postures, called asanas. Without conscious yogic breathing the poses would be simply exercise. The focus on the breath allows the brain waves to slow down, calms the nervous system, releases stress and soothes anxiety. Yoga postures strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, improves circulation and increases energy. Both the breath and postures work in tandem to boost the immune system and quite the mind to create space for peace, creativity and unity.

Now is the time for yoga; Atha yoga anushasanam – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1

Yoga was created for those out of balance or those that are sick. Not for only the super healthy, flexible, bendy type. Yoga is for anyone who wants to dive deep into self-exploration and like most worth while things in life yoga takes practice. Yoga empowers, encourages, connects, supports, teaches us to act rather than react, speak the truth in our hearts, follow our intuition and live a life of our dreams. Yoga provides the space to practice who we want to be in our daily life. Now is a great time to begin your yoga practice.

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