Yoga invites us to live in the present moment.
The yoga practice is an oasis, a life raft, and a challenging physical/spiritual discipline. It teaches us patience, gratitude, compassion and surrender. When we accept where and who we are today, and know that we will be somewhere and someone else tomorrow, we experience moments of grace, joy, freedom and peace of mind.
Yoga will increase your strength and flexibility, improve your alignment, and encourage you to breathe. It will make you feel more spacious, more relaxed in your body and more at peace.
Yoga means union — the union of body and mind and spirit, the union of breath and movement and consciousness, a balance of effort and surrender. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yug meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply.
Yoga is an ancient tradition; its roots go back at least 5,000 years. It is a practice based on direct experience. The practice of yoga is both the means and the goal.
In the Bhagavad Gita, one of the classical yogic texts, eighteen different forms of yoga are named. Each one is suited to a different temperment or approach to life, and all of the paths lead to the same destination — to union with Brahman or God or The Divine or Ein Soph or What Is.
The yogic path is a lifelong project, but this should encourage, not discourage us, because we do not have to be in a hurry. No effort is lost on the path. However, we must be willing to take the first step, then the next, and the next.