Yoga means many different things to many different people. From the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, yoga is the cessation of the breath. From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yoga is the cessation of the conditioned mind. The most common definition is derived from the word itself which originally comes from the Sanskrit root ‘Yug, which means to yoke, or unite. To unite the individual soul with the Universal Soul.
When most westerners say that they are going to do yoga mostly they mean that they are going to stretch. There are many different yoga schools or studios that offer a vast array of sequences to stretch and strengthen the body and to relax the mind through conscious breathing. Some do it in a hot room, some in aircon, some do it outdoors, some flow, others are static, some classes are strong whilst others are gentle. All fall under the branch of Hatha Yoga.
There are six other main branches of yoga (Bhakti, Jnana, Raja, Karma, Mantra, and Tantra) that offer various techniques that are all aimed at ultimately the same thing i.e., Liberation or Enlightenment. Yoga is not an armchair philosophy rather it is a practice-orientated science that aims to develop our awareness and detachment of all things worldly. The goal is nothing short of complete Self Realization.
Yoga is an ancient system of philosophy, principles and practices, which when applied benefits the health and wellbeing of the practitioner. Through the regular practice of a range of techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation, concentration, self-inquiry and meditation, one can progressively give up all notions of self as an individual to realize themselves as Life and not separate from Life.
The practices of Hatha yoga may relieve the symptoms of diabetes, asthma, hypertension, stress, anxiety, and depression.
A Yogi is best defined as one who has transcended the ego (false notions of self), one who is free from attachments and one whom has constant integrated awareness. In today’s world however, anyone that practices any of the branches of yoga could be called a yogi.
At Better Life Connection, we offer different styles of online yoga classes, meditation and pranayama (breath work) that you can practice at home with, led by a world class master facilitator KEENAN CRISP who has taught 400-500 students consistently each week for over 10 years and has led thousands of classes, numerous teacher’s trainings, workshops and retreats throughout the world over the past 17 years. There are plenty of classes that will suit your life style, timing and even your mood that day.