What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient therapeutic healing system which serves the individual, and does so through inviting transformation rather than by giving information.
Yoga means different things for different people, so progress on the path of yoga mustn't be restricted or limited to a particular ideal, as everyone experiences things differently in their own individual bodies, minds and at different times in their life. Each individual will receive different things from the same teaching based on their own perspective at that time - and this is ok!
"Truth is One, Paths are Many." - the inclusive vision of Sri Swami Satchidananda
To me, yoga is an embodiment practice that guides us on a journey of self inquiry, love and connection.
The word 'Yoga' in the ancient Sanskrit language directly translates to 'union', to 'join' or 'to yoke'.
Yoga is union, it provides us with the tools to expand our awareness, to observe, honour and feel the connection with everything: breath, body, mind, spirit, higher consciousness, nature, the elements, the cosmos...
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."
- The Bhagavad Gita
When we are able to take yoga from the mat and weave the essence of yoga into our day to day lives, this is when we are really doing yoga; living from a place of love, gratitude and connection is the true yogic experience.
Namaste - I bow to the divine in you. My soul honours your soul. I honour the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.