What is Yoga?
Yoga is a holistic practice that combines physical poses with breathing techniques and meditation. It dates back over 5,000 years to ancient India, and was primarily handed down by oral tradition from a teacher to a student on an individual basis. Yoga was introduced to the West in the 1960’s and has gained much popularity throughout the world ever since.
The premise of yoga is to unite the mind, body and spirit. It is an inner journey to reconnect with our awareness and intention, with the goal of quieting the mind and moving away from the ego. Practitioners are taught to integrate their breath with movements into different physical poses to create an overall sense of balance and equanimity. A regular practice builds strength, flexibility and endurance, while increasing energy levels and inner peace.
Healthcare professionals are realizing the vast health benefits of a yoga practice, and many studies have been conducted on using yoga in the treatment of stress, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and low back pain to name a few.