Yoga means “joined together.” The word comes from the ancient Sanskrit root word yug, which means “to unify.” Also means to control and still the swirling currents of thoughts in the mind. If you can control the thoughts that arise, and still them completely, you are able to observe the world clearly and directly without the distortions of the ego. The ability to discipline the chattering mind is what takes us to the state of yoga. When the turbulence stops and the lake of the mind becomes clear and still, our true essence, our Self, is reflected. Then the Self can abide in its own true nature. This is the goal, this is what we want to attain. Yoga is a science, an art and a way of living. It is not a religion. It is a spiritual path that teaches methods of breathing, asanas (poses) and relaxation or meditation to lead you to higher states of consciousness, self-realization and inner discovery of other dimensions of existence. It doesnt matter whether youve practiced a day of yoga in your life. It doesnt matter whether youre stiff as a board and all tied up in knots from years spent sitting behind a desk, or not getting any exercise, being totally stressed or being ill or injured. None of that matters, because at the Body Mind Spirit Center, as with Hatha Yoga traditionally, you are encouraged to:
> Explore yoga at your own level.
> Move ahead at your own pace “ physically and spiritually.
> Determine your own needs and desires from yoga and focus on them.
> Practice paying attention to what your own body and mind are telling you.
> Strive to be in the present moment so you can observe your own internal reactions and changes.