Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 5000 years ago. The word "Yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or integrate”. Yoga harmonizes the mind, body and spirit. But mostly Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise that has gained popularity in the Western world.
Yoga helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of our stressful lives. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start practicing yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.
There are many different forms of yoga. Create a practice that best suits your personal needs so that it is something you look forward to.
Yes, Yoga is for everyone. You may want to try it first for the physical aspect, but you might become more mindful in time. Each practice session is a journey. Try to move with awareness and enjoy the experience. Yoga grows with time. Some days are easy and the mind is calm and the physical body is light and responsive. Other days you may find that the mind is running wild and the body feels like wet cement.
I teach Power, or Ashtanga Yoga, a more physically challenging practice geared towards gaining strength, stamina and flexibility. You do not need any equipment; a mat is enough. Therefore it can be practiced anywhere: at home, outside, at work, at the gym or at a yoga studio.