Yoga is derived from the sanskrit root yuj, which means ‘to unite’. It suggests union between body, breath, mind and soul, the union of the ego and the spirit, the union of the mundane and the divine.
A regular yoga practice provides practitioners with both gross and subtle benefits. On one spectrum, the vast range of yoga styles and techniques that exist enhance fitness. To name only a few benefits yoga postures (asana) can increase flexibility, strengthen your muscles, improve posture and enhance circulation. Many athletic disciplines have started to incorporate yoga into their training regime as yoga can very quickly improve tone, posture and technique. With these physical benefits in mind, we can fully justify yoga in our lives.
However, the heart of yoga is much more than a physical system of health. It expresses balance in our lives, enables us to realize our full human potential and offers us centred connection in the midst of our often hectic lives. Yoga is the integration of the layers of life – environmental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual, thus we can refer back to the true meaning of yoga = union!