Yoga has developed over a very long time, originating in Indian Hinduism and now being practised all over the world. Modern-day yoga is a non-religious practice, offering a framework for physical exercise, breathing and relaxation techniques, meditation, as well as spiritual guidance.
In one of the central ancient texts, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it says: ‘Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind’.
The physical side of yoga – as practiced in most yoga classes – is one way of stilling the mind, of letting go of worries and preoccupations, of being in the present. At the same time, practising yoga poses and flows strengthens the body, helps you stay healthy and keep flexible, and helps you balance your physical, mental and emotional energies. It can build confidence and offers a much-needed time of calm in a busy world.
With an increasing number of research studies confirming the benefits of yoga, it is sure to stay. 🙂