What is Yoga?
Many understand yoga today to be a series of movements and various asanas (poses). Which is one part of yoga, however, yoga is layered like an onion. You may begin peeling back one layer, learning about what it looks and feels like, but as you continue along the journey the other layers will begin to naturally unfold. Yoga is deeply rooted in the overall wellness of the mind, body and spirit. The word yoga itself derives from the word 'yuj,' which "refers to the act of yoking" (1). In his book, Inside the Yoga Sutras, Reverend Jaganath Carrera stated that "'Yoga' is also used to refer to the essential union or Oneness of the individual with the Self." If we are lucky, we are 100%, unapologetically ourselves all the time. However, many of us fill the strain and burden of fitting in with society, therefore altering our true selves to be an individual that fits in the mould of other's and societies expectations. Through the physical practice of yoga, beginning by peeling back that first layer, we can learn to shed the weight and burden of what we are expected to be so that we can stand tall and peaceful, at one with our true self.
1. pg. 10, _Inside the Yoga Sutras_ by Reverend Jaganath Carrera