We are the creators of our own destinies, and our happiness and well-being depend primarily on our own efforts.
The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ meaning to yoke, or unite and also can be translated as ‘harmony’. This implies harmonizing all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul – to achieve a happy, balanced and fulfilling life, and at the advanced stages of Yoga, a yogi can realize the universal consciousness, uniting the ‘self’ with the ‘supreme’. The different systems of yoga have techniques and practices ranging from physical postures (asanas), to the deepest stages of meditation, all aimed toward helping a person achieve optimum physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Yoga relaxes the body and the mind. It helps control breathing and clears the mind of cluttered thoughts, leaving only deep physical and mental refreshment. The principles of balance and moderation in physical activity and diet under Yoga can also lead to a healthier lifestyle. The postures and movements in Yoga massage the internal organs, enhancing blood circulation and functionality, thus, lessening the risk of illness. Yoga can replenish the mind and body with precious energy needed to respond to daily tasks and challenges.
Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifing muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. In addition to a good stretch, it can also help enjoy other health benefits, like improved muscles, better breathing, stress reduction, and a sense of well-being.