What is yoga?
The traditional teachings of yoga originate from India and the word translates as “unity and harmony“. Just like Ayurveda, the oldest records of yoga can be found in the Upanishads. This is not surprising as yoga is also part of the concept of Ayurveda and was used by ayurvedic doctors as a therapeutic measure to support the treatments and prevent the development of disease.
Around 1500BC spiritual practices took precedence in India and were described as the practice of magical sacrifices and ecstasy techniques. It wasn‘t until approximately 800BC that yoga began to follow the path of meditation and self-knowledge. The primary goal was to strengthen the body enough to remain in the meditative pose for as long as possible without discomfort. As time passed, people began to recognise the positive effects of physical exercises on overall well-being. For this reason the Asanas were continuously developed further and physical exercise took on an increasingly important role in yoga.
Yoga is one of the “six classic schools“.(Dashanas) of Indian philosophy. There are many different forms of yoga, which often have their own philosophies and practices. Some focus more on physical activity (Asanas), others on mental concentration or asceticism.
What is yoga good for?
Positive energy and harmony in life
The exercises lead to many wonderful experiences and effects: complete relaxation and exuberance, more energy, clarity and reduction of health complaints such as migraines, back pain and tension.
Discovering hidden talents and skills
Some exercises inspire creativity and artistic skill or can strengthen charisma. The internal reflection required for yoga allows access to other levels of consciousness.
The true self and the cosmos
In yoga, the quest for unity with the true self and with God can be achieved through good discipline and patient practice.