Yoga is a holistic approach, seeking to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit, perfecting the physical, mental and emotional aspects of health, bringing self-development and self-awareness.
Yoga is an ancient philosophy, thought to pre-date 3000BCE and believed to have originated around the Indus Valley in Northern India. The word “Yoga” literally means union or joining – the joining of the self with pure consciousness however one may perceive it.
Yoga is a science of life aiming to bring balance between the physical body, the mind and the spirit: between action, intelligence and the higher self, bringing physical health and peace of mind through movement, breath awareness, relaxation and meditation techniques.
Yoga follows many different paths from the purely physical path to the path of meditation and devotion. The IYTA seeks truths from all these paths. Yoga is a state of mind and the practice of yoga will help bring a calmness to the body, mind and emotions.
Benefits of Yoga
A greater zest for life; increased strength and flexibility; better digestion and circulation; improved concentration and increased awareness; increased ability to manage stress through relaxation; improved breathing and good health; brings balance to the mind, the body and the soul.
Yoga and Stress
The practice of yoga is excellent in helping to overcome stress and a hectic pace of life. Stretching and asanas help to burn off excess adrenalin which may cause anxiety. Yoga helps release tension in the muscles and allows the blood to flow freely through the body. Breathing practices help to overcome anxiety and panic attacks. Increased oxygen from the breath helps the brain to function well. Meditation and mindfulness practices help the mind overcome destructive thought patterns.