What is Yoga?
If you thought that yoga was all about bending and twisting your body in odd shapes, it's time to rethink. Yoga is much more. In very simple words, giving care to your body, mind and breath is yoga.
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 pranayamas, yoga asanas (yoga poses) and meditation.
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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.
Breathing exercises or pranayams are a central part of yoga and help 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.
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Different categories of Yoga poses (asanas) includes standing poses, sitting poses, asanas lying on the back, on the stomach and others. These affect different parts and organs of the body.
See our recent yoga pose posts interspersed above or
view a full list of yoga asanas and yoga poses here.