WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is an ancient scientific discipline which prepares the individual for obtaining higher stages of self and universal consciousness.
The word 'Yoga' comes from the Sanskrit root term 'Yuj' which means 'to join'. This unity or joining is described in spiritual terms as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a more practical level, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions.
There are many paths of Yoga, including Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga - of which Hatha Yoga is one branch.
The word 'Hatha' is based on the Sanskrit words 'Ha' which means 'sun' and 'Tha' which means 'moon' - the combination of both which represents the principals of balance and harmony. Hatha Yoga therefore focuses on harmonising the body and mind through a range of practices including Kriyas (cleansing practices), Asanas (physcial postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) and meditation.