“It is very important to learn yoga philosophy; without philosophy yoga is not good, and yoga practice is the starting place to yoga philosophy. Mixing both is actually the best” K Pattabhi Jois
The classical teachings of Yoga go back more than 5000 years. Contrary to popular belief, Yoga is not a religion but rather a system of health giving practices for mind and body.
The word "Yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means to unite or integrate, to join or yoke together, and it is about bringing the body and the mind into one harmonious experience. Yoga is a series of poses that help to build strength, flexibility and balance. It helps correct posture, alignment and the breathing techniques help calm the mind and connect the mind and body to create a happy heart and healthy overall body.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through yoga poses or postures, which all have specific physical benefits, and breath control. These poses can be done dynamically in succession to help create heat in the body (this is known as Vinyasa style) or more slowly to help with alignment. (Known as Hatha or Iyengar) Both styles increase stamina and flexibility.
Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal.... But don't approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.
Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois