What does yoga mean to me?
Yoga is a fascinating universe. You never stop learning about yourself through your own practice and how you put it into action in your daily life, on all levels, not only “on your mat”…
Yoga philosophy is thousands of years old yet still full of value in our modern lives. One of the well-known statements from Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras” is integral to the understanding of the practice: “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption.”(…what a challenge!)
Perhaps the most popular path of Yoga in the western world is Hatha Yoga, which has been evolving in all its different styles and schools for the past 100 years.
People come to Yoga for many different reasons. It may take a little while to find the right path of Yoga and teacher that resonate with you, but when you do, you can dive deeper into all the dimensions of Yoga through your own practice (sadhana). The practice opens door after door of awareness not only through the physical postures (asanas) but also all the other “limbs of Yoga” (just to mention a few, like breath control and expansion (pranayama), meditation and mantras). Yoga becomes self study which can lead you to a healthier body, more consciousness, contentment and inner peace.