Yoga is an ancient system of Indian philosophy, thought to be more than 5,000 years old. The word yoga means, “to unite”. Through physical postures (asana), pranayama (breathing “exercises”), and meditation, the practice of yoga draws together the body, mind and spirit, bringing us fully into the present moment.
Yoga can help us to develop greater awareness and acceptance of ourselves, and to build both physical and mental strength, flexibility, and balance. Away from the distractions of work, TV, alcohol, food, friends, we have an opportunity to become quiet, to listen, and to find out who we really are.
There is so much to gain physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, from a consistent, conscious yoga practice. Some of the benefits have been confirmed by scientific studies, but of course most of the amazing benefits will come from getting started and experiencing for yourself!