What is Yoga
'A Holistic Approach to Yoga'

What is Yoga?
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj" meaning to yoke, attach, join, bind. Yoga is therefore the union and integration of every aspect of a human being, from the innermost to the external. It is a rich, time-honoured teaching on how we can achieve physical health, psychological well-being and spiritual peace. It is a path of self-discovery that leads to balance and harmony.

There are numerous systems of yoga, each providing different ways to unify the various aspects of ourselves. Hatha yoga is the system most familiar to the Westerner. This branch of yoga uses physical poses, breathing techniques and relaxation methods to explore the inner structures of the body, mind and spirit.

Within the hatha yoga system there are widely differing techniques and styles of practice. It is important to take the time to find the method and the teacher that is right for you.

Why Yoga?
Yoga is the oldest system of personal development encompassing body, mind, and spirit. The origin of yoga goes back more than 5000 years. In the modern times, the value of Yoga is being increasingly recognised for general health, and its preventive and curative effects.

Through the practice of yoga we integrate all aspects of our being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - and discover our connection to ourselves, to others, to the universe.

Yoga affects every aspect of our being:
* it enhances every facet of physical fitness;
* the mind/body energy exchange supports a mental clarity and concentration;
* the strength improves posture/alignment to support our daily activities;
* the flexibility helps to prevent injuries and keeps us supple and youthful;
* the breathing practices are the foundation and the link between the mind and the body, providing a valuable tool for releasing tension and reducing stress.


Yoga is a technique of personal development, and to find out what it is, the simplest way is to take some classes.

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Yoga is non- competitive and can be practice by anyone, at any age, with any physical condition, depending on individual needs.

Different Yoga Types
Bhakti YogaThe Yoga of Devotion and Love for God.
Hatha YogaAsanas (physical postures with awareness), Pranayama (breath control) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).
Jnana YogaThe Yoga of Higher Knowledge and Wisdom.
Karma YogaThe Yoga of Spiritualising Daily Life - doing selfless service.

Kriya Yoga

This was introduced to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda. Kriya means 'to do' or 'action' - it encompasses Raja Yoga and is a specific meditation technique and understanding for self-awareness. We offer Kriya Yoga at Ananda Sanga.
Raja YogaAlso called Royal Yoga because it includes all the above types of yoga. The Yoga of Meditation and Mental and Spiritual development.
Different Hatha Yoga Styles
Hatha YogaHatha is a very general term that encompass many of the physical types of yoga. Hatha Yoga is the most popular branch of Yoga and from which a lot of the Styles of Yoga originated including Power Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.




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Asthanga YogaAshtanga Yoga is for those who are interested in serious workout. It includes challenging sequence of poses with Ujjayi Breathing and vinyasas.
Bikram YogaThe Bikram's Yoga class for beginners involves 26 Postures and two Breathing exercises in a very hot room. This is to systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to the whole body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order
Integral VinyasaThis yoga teaching is that of classical hatha yoga within a framework of Integral Yoga, based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and the Vinyasa Krama principles of Sri Krishnamacharya.It does not only focus on postures (asanas) like some yoga styles, but also include breathing, relaxation and contemplation. This variation makes a Yoga practitioner feel peaceful and relaxed. Hence, Viniyoga has gained a reputation for being a therapeutic style of Yoga. This is the yoga style taught at Ananda Sanga
Iyengar YogaIyengar Yoga focuses on correct body alignment to prevent yoga practitioners from suffering injuries or pain. Moreover, it makes use of props to aid the yoga practitioner in performing asanas.
Power YogaPower Yoga is the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga Yoga. It is a vigorous, physically challenging, and mentally-demanding exercise that can help you connect to your inner power.
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Last Updated: July 2017