Yoga...what's it all about?
Yoga is a path of self-development dating back over 5,000 years and originates from India. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language, and means ‘union’ of body, mind and spirit.
Yoga is an oasis in this technological, fast paced age that we live in. It teaches the frantic mind to settle and find peace, and it helps the ravaged body to heal itself by optimising our natural ability to heal and by building physical confidence as well as emotional well-being. Yoga removes scattered energy, and keeps your body – including all its internal systems – toned and in good working order.
The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will, even if you don't feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will improve the longer you practice.
Yoga is non-competitive and the great thing about thinking about "your practice" is that it encourages the non-competitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Each person has to find his or her own edge - the point just before discomfort occurs – and grow into it at a comfortable pace. We’re all working the same edge, just in different places!