What, actually, is Yoga?
Yoga originates in India and has been practiced there for 4000 years. Originally, Yoga was purely an exercise of the mind, later, the physical practice formed, beginning with the seated meditation position. Today, there are many different styles of Yoga, all of which are essentially about the union of mind and body. This technique allows us to permanently increase our physical and mental well-being, which is why in the western world Yoga has become incredibly popular as a relaxation method and as a means to stay fit.
And what exactly will Yoga do for me?
Yoga has a whole variety of positive effects. After a surprisingly short amount of time, beginners usually rejoice in new levels of flexibility, energy, and balance. Yoga improves our endurance, our lung capacity, our perception, and brings back our naturally healthy posture. It also helps us to release physical and emotional tension and stress. Yoga guides us towards a more loving relationship with and understanding of ourselves and our body, and thus helps us enjoy a higher quality of life.
What is the difference between Yoga & Fitness?
Yoga is more than just a physical practice. Through the connection between mindful movement and conscious breath, one’s awareness is directed inwards and the mind can get a rest. This process allows us to observe our habits, thought patterns, and emotions without judgement, and to change them. Mindfulness makes Yoga a practice rather than a competition.