The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and focus one's attention. It also means union or communion. YOGA IS NOT A RELIGION, but an ancient form of physical movement that has its roots in Indian culture and philosophy.
Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. It is also a way of learning to be centered in action. It is an ancient process designed to help you uncover and discover your true nature so you can live daily life with new awareness.
With regular practice of yoga you can actually bring the suppleness of youth back into your life and be more flexible, durable, and stronger than you were as a child. You can learn to focus your physical and mental energy more effectively and thereby be more vital, creative, and efficient in all your activities.
Yoga will benefit people of all ages and even during and after pregnancy.
With regular practice you will develop:
Balance - Yoga creates symmetry throughout your whole body, making you strong and flexible in a balanced way.
Strength - A consistent yoga practice will make you strong and light.
Flexibility - As you free your body and become more flexible, you not only restore lost movement, you actually erase all the tensions and internal conflicts.
Breathing (Pranayama) - yoga will also improve your breathing as you learn to listen to your breath and to exercise it.
Sensitivity, Self-Trust and Relaxation - Balance, stability and flexibility will enhance your overall sensitivity.
This is essentially what the discipline of yoga is all about. It is an awareness process wherein you attend to very subtle shifts in sensation and feeling as you do the poses, or asanas. You immerse yourself in the various sensations of stretch and listen for the intelligence of your body to advise you what to do. In so doing you simultaneously exercise your body, you refine your sensitivity to your inner guidance and experience deep relaxation.
The beauty of being more sensitive lies in the discovery that beneficial things naturally start feeling good.