What is Yoga? Benefits & Purpose

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What is Yoga?

Yoga is a combination of whole body exercise and stress release techniques which have been practiced for millennia. Yoga challenges the body and mind: re-shapes the body, centres the mind and is relaxing at the same time, creating general well being. It is a science of balanced living, a path for realising full human potential.

The benefits of Yoga

Yoga postures enliven physical well-being

Build stamina, Increase fitness, flexibility, tone, length and strength of muscles

Improve your posture (spinal strength), enhance your circulation, detoxify, boost immune system and longevity

Quieten and balance the mind and nervous system to natural homeostasis, relieving stress and depression, developing self discipline and concentration

Both relaxation and meditation relax the body and clear the mind enabling presence and response-ability

Reconnect to our humanity in this high tech, hectic modern world

The Purpose of yoga

Yoga offers the promise of remaining together, focused, centred in the midst of our current hectic lives.

The purpose of yoga is the integration of all the layers of life—environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Yoga means union: the union of body, mind, and soul; the union of the ego and the spirit; the union of the mundane and the divine.

Even if your aim is to lose weight or to develop a stronger body, the more subtle benefits of enhanced vitality, a reduction in stress level and healthier belief system are experienced. Yoga is a journey of personal growth (not a religion), beneficial and empowering for anyone regardless of age, creed, shape or size.

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