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If you’re interested in yoga and aren’t sure where to begin, you might want to check out our Yoga 101 Series!
What is yoga?
Yoga is a physical science. It’s the art of practicing postures, poses and breathing techniques to quiet the mind and relax the body. Regular practice makes it possible to connect your mind, body and spirit. You feel more relaxed, healthier, and better able to handle the stresses of the day.
There are (arguably) three ways to practice yoga –
- One can choose to pursue only the physical science of yoga focusing on doing postures and receive some benefit.
- One can practice the meditation and mental focus of yoga and receive some benefit.
- One can be open to the spiritual side of yoga and receive some benefit.
At The Studio Yoga, we believe the maximum benefit of yoga is received when the practice brings all three together to align mind, body and spirit.
Yoga in and of itself is not a religion. While it’s true that many have used the skills they develop practicing yoga to enhance their spiritual journey, yoga itself does not prescribe a particular spirituality. Instead, it promotes the self-awareness that enhances our spirituality and brings deeper spiritual centeredness.
The word ‘yoga’ means ‘union, yoke or to connect’ – bringing your mind, body and spirit into balance. Five thousand years ago, the ancient yogis longed to find a way to live in harmony with God and everything around them.
What was intended over its 5,000-year history and development – and of the many streams of yoga and hundreds of separate disciplines – is that the basics of yoga remain virtually the same today: Still the mind, strengthen the body, center the spirit.
For Your Body
- Stretches & tones muscle
- Releases chronic tension
- Improves circulation
- Energizes and refreshes
For Your Mind
- Calms restless thoughts
- Cultivates concentration
- Supports mental clarity and confidence
- Promotes self-awareness
“The simplest way to still the waters of an agitated mind and body is to pay attention to your breathing.”
For Your Spirit
- Connects to God
- Encourages self-acceptance
- Opens to inner wisdom
- Invites deep stillness
The Self Realization Fellowship has a great explanation of yoga that you can find here…