So first things first, what is yoga?
It is so many things and has so many meanings to different people so today I am going to share with you what I personally think it is (for me) and what I’ve found through research of what it is ‘defined’ as.
If you were to Google what is yoga? You would find the first thing that pops up is:
“Yoga – a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.”
Yoga Australia defines it as: “Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other.”
and the last definition for this post comes from Lulu Lemon: “The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to yoke” the spirit and physical body together. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.”
Yoga to me means so much more than those definitions, to be honest majority of them that I looked up didn’t really resonate with me. So in the interest of enjoyment – here is my definition of yoga:
– Yoga is the ability to combine mind, body, breath and soul together to learn who you are at your deepest core.
– Yoga is about finding out who you want to be, whilst being ok with who you are in that moment.
– Yoga is stepping onto the mat and releasing everything else. It’s being present, it’s challenging, empowering and relaxing. It’s an understanding of the path that is life.
One of my most favourite words that I have learnt from Yoga is the simple ending that occurs after every class.
You bow your head and say ‘Namaste’ which means:
Honestly how amazing is that? I highly recommend you do a yoga class then come back here and read that quote and see how the meaning changes for you.
I love it. All of it.
And I am inspired to make it a bigger part of my life.
Tell me, what does yoga mean to you?
Type to you soon xx