Yoga can be translated as "to unite" or "to join one's consciousness with all living things," but Yoga can also mean the achievement of a focused mental state (as in meditation) or “to attain what was previously unattainable” (Desikachar). Yoga includes a set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices designed to heal the body, still the mind and induce promoting actions.
Scholars believe Yoga began approximately 4,000 years ago, with archaeological evidence from the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BCE) and literary references in the Rg Veda (1900-1500 BCE), the Upanishads, and the Mahabharata (containing the Bhagavad Gita, which dates to approximately 300 BCE).
Most contemporary yoga practiced in the west can be traced back to scholar and healer T. Krishnamacharya, the guru of influential teachers such as B. K. S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, T. K. V. Desikachar, Indra Devi, and A. G. Mohan.
When taught and practiced traditionally, Yoga improves ones overall physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Physically, Yoga offers strength conditioning of all the major muscle groups, flexibility, balance and alignment while releasing tension, improving respiration, aiding digestion, and supporting the immune system. Mentally, it balances mood, elevates focus and reduces stress. Spiritually, Yoga offers guidance regarding how we treat ourselves and others--important to note is that the practitioner is inspired to move towards promoting actions. Some of the key principles taught in Yoga are non-violence, truthfulness, cleanliness, and contentment.
Yoga is widely practiced with offerings for all levels and dispositions. It offers a supportive environment for developing all aspects of oneself.
Yoga is a balanced practice of mind, body, and spirit with many paths for progression. As a way of life it promotes compassion, truth, morality, respect, discipline, care for oneself and much more.
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- Cultivates an Overall Healthy Lifestyle
- Builds Strength, Improves Flexibility and Aligns the Body
- Heightens Concentration and Self-Awareness
- Reduces Stress
- Strengthens Immunity
- Heals Injuries & Sickness
- Complements Athletics
- Improves Circulation and Lowers Blood Pressure
- Assists in Breaking Addictions
- Regulates Metabolism
- Improves Sleep
- Counteracts Depression and Anxiety
- Boosts Creativity
- You Will Look & Feel Great
There is a lot of science that supports the benefits of Yoga and meditation. If you need more info we encourage you to do your research... and join us for a class!