Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit term 'Yug' which means "yoke" or 'unite'. We can think of it as the union occurring between mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is not a religion, but it is a philosophy. It deals with the training of the mind to achieve oneness with the Universe. To attain a state of one ness, the mind must be trained to think clearly. A healthy mind requires a healthy body. There are five steps to achieve it . (1) Proper exercise , (2) Proper Breathing, (3) Proper Relaxation (4) Proper Diet (5) Positive Thinking/Meditation. Yoga involves practice of physical postures or poses called "asana's ".Though, the words 'asana' and 'yoga' have become almost synonymous today, it is only one type of Yoga. With increased awareness, the poses become meditation-in-action with awareness of the breath flowing through the body. Each of the poses has specific physical benefits. Physical tension and imbalances are brought to attention and begin to release. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. There is an ideal way that each pose should be performed and should be practiced under experienced trainer/teacher. Yoga is not merely stretching, as many people think, it is about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. Yoga is more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. Yoga provides overall balance in health which includes balance weight, improvement in muscle tone and alignment, improvement in digestion system, better sleep, vitality to spine which improves all systems of the body including glands and nerves, lungs expansion that leads to increased oxygen intake , strengtend immune system and relaxation to body and mind. This enables us to attain healthy body with hightened energy, still mind and trust in ourselves.
Prem Mehta is a regular Yoga practitioner and a qualified Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing Yoga for last ten years and her academic interest in Yoga bought her one year Diploma and a Master’s degree in Yoga.