What is yoga? Part 1: Introduction.
All unanimously praise the virtues of yoga as a universal remedy. Thanks to yoga, the body becomes more fit, and the mind becomes calm. But yoga is much more than that.
Yoga is a deep ancient system of self-improvement that consists of many elements, such as asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), shatkarmas (purification techniques), mantras, and meditation. Yoga teaching includes not only physiology but also a spiritual component. This is the practice of constant and continuous awareness of your true self. We are learning to be the true selves. We do the practice over and over, every day, to integrate our mind, body, breath, and spirit. Gradually, we begin to understand that emotions are as short-lived as ever-changing fashions, and also to see how thoughts - good and bad - control us. As we get to know ourselves better, we see that the mind is a process, not an object. And we are the ones who must control it. We have a choice - we ourselves decide what and how we think, and this choice allows us to correctly build a strategy for our life and ultimately achieve happiness.
Yoga was created in India about five thousand years ago with only one purpose - to control our restless minds through the use of the capabilities of the body and breath.