Introduction to Yoga

Yoga is a system of physical and mental training which is intended to affect body, mind and spirit and, eventually, to lead to spiritual enlightenment. It was developed by Hindu yogis, at least 2,500 years ago, to maximize physical, mental and spiritual health and development. It is believed that, by following the basic principles of yoga – proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet and positive thinking and meditation – you can achieve inner peace, total health, calmness and a sense of wellbeing. While true followers of yoga use it to enchance their spirituality, the majority of people doing yoga in the West practise it as a form of exercise and relaxation. Yoga is well suited to the pressures and strains of modern life, even though it is such an ancient health system.