Introduction to Yoga

Yoga is a discipline compatible with any lifestyle, regardless of background, culture or religion. It is the most complete, basic system for developing a healthy body, mental alertness, emotional stability and spiritual growth.

It's easy to find books, instructors and classes to help you learn Yoga. It can be practiced by all ages. Classes may be a great inspiration. With the support and energy of a group to encourage you, you may decide to persevere and master the discipline in a friendly environment. You can take it as far as you like, slowly or quickly, doing what feels best for you. Practiced regularly you will notice a difference. It's therapeutic. You'll feel stronger, more flexible, healthier, more relaxed, open and loving. You'll think more clearly and be more focused. What have you got to loose? You'll probably make a few new friends while attending classes.

Yoga translated means union. It is the integrating of the heart, mind and body.

Yoga has evolved over time and different disciplines have come to pass. Different types of Yoga are mentioned on the vocabulary page. Studios, health clubs and recreation/community centers usually offer several different types of classes. Read class descriptions. Which sounds interesting? With all of the newer variations, it may take a few tries to find the one you feel most at home with. Many studios offer free introductory classes.

Yoga is thousands of years old, developed in Eastern India. The original texts were written in Sanskrit. On the asanas page, poses are named in Sanskrit and English. The Sanskrit names are missing the symbols used with some letters due to the word program available for the computer.

Recommended reading

Survival Into The 21st Century 1975 by Viktoras Kulvinskas, I find it interesting that the book was published in 1975 and here we are, Yoga becoming an integral part of life in the 21st century.

HATHA YOGA Illustrated 2005, 2004 by Martin Kirk, Brooke Boon and Daniel DiTuro.

YOGA the iyengar way 1990 by Silva and Mira Mehta.