The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root – Yuj, meaning to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. It also means union or communion. Yoga gained popularity in the western world in the 1980’s, and is now, an essential training and body conditioning method in dance companies around the world.
Yoga’s motto is simple: a healthy mind inside of a healthy body. Performing a Yogasana daily releases stress and helps proper functioning of mind. Practice of Yogasana makes bones stronger and healthier. It improves physical posture and a right posture adds elegance to personality of a person. It helps you grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. It inspires you to live each moment more mindfully.
The numerous forms of Yoga can put most of us into a spin in selecting the right form. One of such form is 'Ashtanga' Yoga. The ultimate purpose of Ashtanga practice is purification of the body and mind. Other Yoga styles benefit you by improving your body’s flexibility and invigorating your mind; Ashtanga yoga does all this and more. It focuses on increasing your physical endurance and stamina through muscle training. The style is energetic, synchronizing breath with movements. Ashtanga is also a great way to incorporate the meditative side of yoga. By having a set progression throughout the practice, you are able to focus more on the breath. That focus will let you feel out your body and where you are that day. The Ashtanga Yoga tradition is great for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. It involves synchronizing breath with continuous postures, which helps detoxify the body. As a matter of fact, Ashtanga Yoga is practiced all over the world as a means of losing and managing weight along with building your core strength. Therefore, it is considered as a complete fitness program because it not only increases your strength and flexibility, but also disciplines and calms your mind and soul.