Yoga in its finality is about the control of the mind. It is the practice of disciplining the mind, body and spirit to optimum capacity. It is the practice of mindfulness, compassion, grace and love through action.
Yoga is an holistic form of exercise. It has been practised for over 2500 years. The Asanas are only one part of yoga as a discipline. It is not a religion, but a way of life and philosophy practised by people from all walks of life.
However, it is only beneficial if practised with understanding of body, mind and soul and not purely as an exercise. The greatest benefits can be obtained from yoga, by being totally present and aware in the moment and giving full attention to each Asana ( posture ) as you perform it. Each time will be different depending on what the day has been like, where your mind is and how your body is!
Results come from a slow, gentle committed process. It is not a quick “fix” but a practice for life.
Accept this and surrender to where you are right now. This will help to bring you to a place of calm and peace which is so vital in this busy pressurized life.
With regular practice of yoga the body’s potential for self healing is improved and the flexibility and mobility of the spine and joints is vastly increased. Asanas improve the circulation of the blood, which in turn means fewer colds, coughs etc as the immune system is strengthened. In addition, yoga helps to bring about physical stability, balance, agility and stamina, as well as mental equilibrium and confidence.
In other words, yoga in it’s true sense—unity or yoking of body, mind and soul.