what is yoga ?
Yoga has different meanings depending on who you ask, what you read, where you were trained, or what perspective you have in any given moment. Yoga is a "stable and comfortable posture" (Yoga Sutras, translated); Yoga is an 8 limb path TO enlightment. Yoga is an 8 limb path OF enlightenment. In the west, the definition of yoga (and the practice of yoga) tends to focus on the physical aspects of postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga is those things, but is also service, devotion to a higher being or Self or God. It is the practice of ethics and morals, (known as yamas and niyamas) such as truth, non-harming, non-grasping, energy managment, and self-study. Yoga is living in the moment and accepting life on life’s terms. Yoga is knowing one’s self and therefore knowing everyone else because we are all the same. Yoga is every aspect of being in the universe, all integrated. In short, yoga is….everything…..at every moment, in the moment.