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About Yoga

The term Yoga originates from the Sanskrit root word ‘yuj’, which means to join. It refers to the yogic aim to unite the atman (soul) of the individual with the Paramatman (Supreme soul), which is at the base of every yogic ritual and practice.

Contrary to popular western belief, Yoga’s primary purpose is to achieve a healthy spiritual life, as opposed to the maintenance of the physical body. In fact, its various physical benefits are simply side-effects to the nourished spiritual life that yoga offers its practitioners.

While the physical benefits of yoga include everything from the relief from stress, to the treatment of heart disease and asthma, the spiritual benefits involve the root causes of the disease and ailment in the first place. It revitalizes and rejuvenates the practitioner on such as intimate level, that the person feels renewed – body, mind and spirit.

History and Origins

The earliest evidence for the practice of yoga comes from the Indus Valley civilization, more than 5000 years ago. Although yoga was mostly taught by word of mouth, from teacher to student, several yogic guides and records have survived through the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali connecting the ancient use of yoga, with its modern relevance.

It is believed that Yoga was never really an eastern tradition, rather a worldwide practice whose origins can be more easily traced back to the East. Its most primary aim is the harmony of the body, the mind and the spirit. And in such, every movement, practice and posture, is designed to bring about this union, in balance with the different elements of the Human Being.