The meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga which is “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” from the root yuj, already had a much more figurative sense, where the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses takes on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance”.
“The essence of all the yoga techniques is to try to touch the source of energy, God, or whatever you like to call it. ”
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. It uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. Ayurveda insists that within natures balance lies all the remedies for good health. Practicing ayurveda also improves your yoga practice, a perfect win-win situation! This section sheds light on how ayurveda can uplift our life in every sphere.
Meditation – going to the source of the mind
Meditation is a way of going beyond thinking, also beyond logical thinking. It is not illogical but beyond logic. A simple wayto describe it would be ‘silence.’ How long can we keep our mind silent, without thinking? It is difficult to remain a silent witness even for a few seconds. But even if we can do it forsome seconds, we get energy for hours, it can be better than 8 hours of sleep. The essence of all the yoga techniques is to try to touch the source of energy, God, or whatever you like to call it, for a few seconds. You will feel rejuvenated and renewed. The longer you can do it, the more you are renewed, and this is the secret of the masters.
The health benefits of Yoga include:
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
- Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
- Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
- Improved stabilisation of your spine
- Improved posture
- Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
- Improved physical coordination and balance
- Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
- Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
- Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
- Improved concentration
- Increased body awareness
- Stress management and relaxation.