- Questions and Answers
What is yoga?
Yoga is one of the oldest systems
of personal development in the world. This ancient discipline and
philosophy originated in India at least 5000 years ago. The Indian
sage Patanjali codified it about 2200 years ago into a set of short
aphorisms – the Yoga Sutras. The system of yoga practice developed
by BKS Iyengar has its roots firmly planted in these teachings.
The practice of yoga helps to balance
the body, mind and spirit. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit
root “yuj” which means to yoke, join, bind, and yoga
methods provide a way to experience and bring together every aspect
of ourselves: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. In the West
today yoga has become very popular and classes can be found in almost
many different styles of yoga with different names, which can be confusing.
Hatha yoga is a name, which is often recognised and is known to be the
sort of yoga, which involves physical exercise and breathing techniques.
There are many styles of yoga, which can be called Hatha. Iyengar Yoga
is one of them but is very distinctive.