What is Yoga?
Yoga poses are great to strengthen and relax the body, but there's a lot more to Yoga than that.
Derived from the Sankrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate" yoga is a 5,000+ year old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing exercises, yoga poses (asanas) and meditation.
Our primary yoga workshop, Sri Sri Yoga teaches a holistic way of life that integrates all elements of Yoga, making a prayerful discipline that unites the body, mind and soul.
Along with the series of simple, yet effective yoga postures and breathing techniques, a greater emphasis is placed on the experience of meditation, and practical yoga philosophy.
Yoga Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises, or Pranayama, are a central part of yoga, which help us calm the mind. Prana, means breath or life force energy. Yama means to house or store. Thus, Pranayama is the art of building up and storing our life force energy. Breathing techniques also prepare us for a deeper experience of meditation.
Learn all about pranayama in this beginner's guide >>
Different categories of Yoga poses (asanas) includes standing poses, sitting poses, asanas lying on the back, on the stomach and others. These effect different parts and organs of the body.
See our recent yoga pose posts interspersed above or
view a full list of yoga poses and asana categories here.