The practice of yoga is one of the world’s oldest systems of self-healing. It began in India thousands of years ago and is continuing to flourish today. In a time when the Western world is suffering from unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia, yoga has more relevance in our lives than ever. Luckily the popularity of yoga has grown so much, that this ancient discipline is being practised everywhere.
Yoga can be found in schools, the workplace, coffee shops, church halls, sports academy’s and prisons. It’s inclusive nature has allowed people from all walks of life to benefit from it’s practices, regardless of their age, background or level of ability.
There are many styles of yoga, all of which involve learning skills that allow the experience of being in the present moment. To be present is to be aware, and it is with awareness that we can begin to understand ourselves at a deeper level. With a better understanding of who we are, we can connect to those around us with a greater sense of compassion and understanding. We are more accepting of ourselves, which in turn leads to acceptance of others. Practising yoga not only enhances our quality of life, but has a positive impact on the lives of those around us.
Yoga is ultimately the practice of becoming healthy, strong and resilient, learning how to be at peace, and at one with ourselves. It gives us tools that support us during challenging times and helps us to calmly and skilfully manage the ups and downs of life. Yoga is a gift from the ancients and we are blessed to have the opportunity to draw upon its teachings and wisdom.