What is yoga?

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Most of us are aware that yoga is a physical practice which is great for strengthening and stretching our bodies, whilst also giving our busy minds a chance to focus, quieten and calm. But also, yoga is a system to bring together our mind, body and inner awareness, which originates from India around 3,500 years ago.

For anyone looking to find out a bit more about what yoga is and where it comes from, I recommend taking a look at the following resources:

  • Yoga Unveiled (documentary) – a comprehensive overview of yoga and it’s roots
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (book) – a helpful guide to the different postures including illustrations, benefits of each asana and contraindications
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (scripture) – I recommend the commentaries by Swami Satchidananda, Jaganath Carrera and Georg Feuerstein, though there are many out there to choose from
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