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30 days of yoga with hipS-sister - DAY 1

DAY 1 - Sept. 1st, 2014

What is Yoga?

Your first challenge:
Before reading on, take a minute to think about what comes to mind when you hear the word “yoga”. Share it with us in the comment box below. You can write just one word, a paragraph or a dissertation! There are no wrong answers… and… we will be putting all participants’ names in our “30 days of yoga with hipS-sister” draw which will be held Oct 1st.

Yoga is a branch of Indian philosophy. The Sanskrit word “yoga” has many meanings among which is to “yoke” or “unite”, referring to the union of the individual self with the universal consciousness (or “Absolute”). But yoga also describes the union of the physical body with the mind and spirit as a method of transcending the limitations of the ego and reaching enlightenment.

Yoga has existed in some form for thousands of years. Its history can be traced back to the time of the Vedic culture, around 2800BCE. The earliest references to yoga come from sculptures and carvings found in the Indus Valley (in modern Pakistan).

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Yoga is best described as a spiritual rather than religious practice. This means anyone can practice yoga: it can be incorporated into a religious belief or it can be practiced alone as a form of secular spirituality. Yoga provides not only a spiritual path but also a method of “right living”; a set of moral, ethical and practical guidelines that help you to live a balanced and healthy life.

Come back tomorrow for a look at the 6 main paths of yoga.

Namaste.

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