what is yoga ?

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Athena Druid

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

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Hussy Robert

Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient hindu art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment.

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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.

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Cydney Walker

Yoga is a meditative form of exercise that focuses on improving flexibility, core strength, inner spiritual growth.

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Gary Addis

Yoga is merely one of hundreds of the children of Chinese Traditional Medicine.  Like Japan’s tai chi and Korea’s hwal bup do, the practice of yoga feels good to the body.  However, neither will have any magical mystical imaginative effect on the human body other than the merely physical.