Yoga...an ancient spiritual practice viewed as a pathway to enlightenment. By definition yoga is the union or coming together of the mind, body and soul. It is the formation of a relationship with ones self and how one can live in harmony with the world. Through the practice of yoga one will gain strength in body, calmness of mind and renewal of the spirit.
There are four main yoga, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana and Raja Yoga. In the United States yoga is associated with the asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga which many view as a fitness exercise. Yoga practice, in addition to asanas that are designed to help the body be fit, will include the spiritual philosophy, controlled breathing and quieting of the mind. One is able through their practice of yoga to reduce stress and tension in their everyday lives or help heal a structure and/or function of the body (the reason why I have begun the practice).
Daily practice of yoga will lead you to have an awareness of your body posture, alignment and movement. Yoga is another pathway to explore as you pave your way to living a healthier lifestyle.
If you live in the Washington, DC. area, join me at a free class held on Saturday mornings at 9am at the Penn. Avenue Baptist Church on Penn. Ave & 30th Street S.E. (all is required is you bring your own mat). Contact me if you have any questions or would like to be included on the instructors, Juneous Pettijohn email list (in the subject line just put YOGA).