WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOGA?

What is Yoga?
The word yoga stems from a Sanskrit verb root ‘yuj’, which means to ‘yoke’ or ‘connect’. What are we connecting? Body with mind, mind with body, body and mind with soul. Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, and can be practiced in a complementary fashion by persons of any faith or devotion.

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What is the Objective of Yoga?
There are many schools or paths of yoga. Although each school of yoga uses different techniques or tools, the objective of all schools of yoga is the same. The aim of all yogic paths is to liberate us as human beings from our suffering and the way to do that is through self-realisation. This self-realisation is the awareness or consciousness that we are at one with the ‘Source’ of all things. It is an awareness or insight into the true nature of things, free from our superimposed beliefs or ideas about ourselves and our surroundings. Hatha yoga is but one school of yoga. It is the one that most westerners are familiar with when they think of yoga poses. In hatha yoga, the body is used as the technique or tool. ‘Ha-‘ means sun and ‘-tha’ means moon. These are opposites and likewise we use an interplay of opposites, up and down, left and right, different orientations to gravity, to ‘mould, ‘churn’ and ‘knead the body’, like it is clay or dough or butter. This work on the body, after consistent practice releases insights and consciousness into the true nature of all things and our relationship with our inner and outer world.

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What are the Benefits and Rewards of Āsana Practice?
Āsanas are the poses of yoga. The poses and sequences of poses, work on all aspects of the body and mind. Anyone can start yoga and begin to reap it’s rewards, increased flexibility and strength, a calm, clear mind. The organic systems of the body are supported , made healthy and cleansed. The important part is just to start from exactly where you are. The get on your mat and to begin to listen to your body and your breath.



LINKS

The official Iyengar Yoga Website in SA
The official Iyengar Website, worldwide
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RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Light on the Yoga Sutras by BKS Iyengar
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom
Centered Yoga of Dona Holleman by Dona Holleman, currently unavailable… :(
The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mindby Richard Freeman
Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living by Donna Farhi
Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater