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Yoga is a light, which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.

One question most people ask themselves is ‘Who am I?’ . You too must have asked yourself this. Our quest for the self, many people have discovered over the ages, starts with ourselves.

We know that all of us are part of Nature, biologically. But even more important is understand how we are intimately connected with the world around us. And so people are constantly trying to explore this cosmic connection.

Through Yogic Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises), Qi Gong (Chi Kung) and a healthy, holistic diet, we understand the path to a better quality of life. For ourselves and our communities.

Yoga is a way of living that aims to transform body, mind and spirit through physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Of the many schools and practices, the most popular are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

Yoga originated from pre-vedic yoga-practices of the Buddhist Nikayas in India. Other developments were recorded around 400 CE in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This sage, who  lived in India over 2,200 years ago, wrote treatises on Sanskrit grammar and medicine, apart from his Yoga Sutras, the first written text on yogic philosophy.

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘yoke’ or ‘union’ – as in “yoking together” of horses or oxen, now applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. Practising the prescribed, time-tested postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions develops harmony, unifying the mind, body and spirit.

Pure traditional yoga incorporates the’eight limbs’ (astanga) or stages of yoga. This eightfold path is sequential. But practitioners of only the asanas often forget that yoga is for cultivating the head and the heart.

“Yoga … develops a feeling of oneness between man and nature, between man and man, and between man and his Maker, thus permitting the experience of a feeling of identity with the spirit that pervades all creation.”

 Yoga practitioner & Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar

To reach this level of peace, one needs to practice Yoga in the ideal place and situation. While you can perform the asanas practically anywhere, it helps to have a controlled space where you can focus your internal energies. In fact, a good tip is to use Aromatherapy oils to help in creating such an environment.

As you can see, yoga is in fact, “meditation in action”. It brings us back into contact with the outside world, awakened by the basic understanding that everything and everyone are interconnected, content and happy.