Yoga

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient science and philosophy that originated from India. In Sanskrit, yoga means “to yoke” or “to bind.” It is a systemic approach to uniting mind, body, and soul. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, “yoga is the calming of the roaming fluctuations of the mind.” You may think of yoga as something you do on your mat, but there are actually 8 limbs to the Yoga practice that create the entire system. The asana practice is just one of these.

Benefits

People begin yoga for a number of reasons, but ultimately it is to relieve some sort of suffering in the mind or body. The benefits may not be the same for everyone, as everyone is on their own path. You may see improvement in strength, flexibility, improved range of motion, and stamina. Additionally, it can reduce stress and bring clarity.

Private Yoga Sessions

Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of yoga or would like to practice according to your needs? Private sessions can be a great way to begin yoga or learn at your own pace. Contact me at sam@journeysforthesoul.com to arrange a private, semi-private or group session.

Note: No public classes are offered at this time, as I recently relocated to Naples, Florida. Please check back soon.

Recommended Reading

Here are a few of my favorite books related to yoga and holistic wellness:

Yoga

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Upanishads
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda
  • Light on Yoga, BKS  Iyengar
  • Light on Life, BKS Iyengar
  • The Journey Inward, Rolf Solvik

Philosophy and Personal Development

  • Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  • The Way to Love, Anthony De Mello
  • You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle
  • Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
  • The Four Desires, Rod Stryker