What is Yoga?
The word Yoga means "union". Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. The art of right living was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago but, since Yoga deals with universal truths, its teachings are as valid today as they were in the ancient times. Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion and its techniques may be practiced by Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and atheists alike. Yoga is has union with all.

Surya Namaskar ( Sun Salutation)
All sessions of yoga Asanas begin with Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation. This excellent
warming-up exercise consists of a sequence of 12 positions that move the spine in various
ways and promote flexibility in the limbs. It is of special benefit to beginners, to stiff people & to the elderly, as it helps the body to regain flexibility. It also regulates the breath and focuses the mind.

Asanas ( Correct Exercise)
Asanas are the primary treatment, as they form the first stage of Hatha yoga. One should practice Asanas to make one firm, resistant to disease and light of limb.

Pranayama (Breathing Exercise)
The yogic breathing exercise, or Pranayama, is seen as important link between our physical and mental aspects. Pranayama cleanses and strengthens the physical body, but its most important benefit is for the mind, which it calms, steadies and clears.

Shad Kriyas ( Purification Techniques)
As purity of body encourages purity of mind, yogis have developed the six cleansing techniques or "Shad Kryas", for purification of the physical body. Through this simple exercise, nature is assisted in the elimination of waste products. Also, many mental and physical complaints are alleviated.

Meditation is natural state of consciousness that isn't "learned", any more then you learn to sleep. When the mind becomes directed and steady, it will naturally go beyond normal mundane awareness into the state referred to as meditation.



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