At the beginning there is the lack
of understanding of the meaning of one’s life.
The self is shrouded in a thick fog.
The shedding of such ignorance is – yoga.Indian Proverb
Yoga, the most ancient science of life, originated more than 5000 years ago in India. Yoga has a holistic approach to the mind, body and soul. The physical body enables us to move in the world; it is guided by the mind, but its essence is the soul. Actions, emotions and the intellect are the three dynamic forces of the body. Their balance promotes the overall development of the individual. Yoga combines the movement necessary for our physical health with breathing and meditation techniques to help us achieve harmony within our selves and the world around us.
Yoga develops the consciousness and requires “right living.” To acquire true self-knowledge, the yoga practitioner has to pass several levels, guided by the rules of Eight Limbed Yoga:
- Moral conduct (Yama)
- Internal and external purity (Niyama)
- Knowledge of the body positions (Asanas)
- Command of the breath (Pranayama)
- Turning the senses inward (Pratyahara)
- Concentration (Dharana)
- Meditation (Dhyana)
- Super-consciousness or liberation (Samãdhi)