Yoga, for most people, is understood to be a practice or an activity that promotes health and wellbeing through performing various techniques which include postures and movements, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-searching, and meditation.
That said, in this post, I would like to share with you the origins of Yoga, and to gain a deeper understanding of what it is.
To start off, the word Yoga, is derived from the Sanskrit word, Yuji which means to join or to yoke or to unite. And in the Yogis’ scriptures, the practice of Yoga is to lead the union of an individual’s consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness – indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body as well as man and nature.
And if you have been following my blog, I have continuously emphasized on the importance of meditation and self-realization – where the ultimate aim of Yoga is to help prepare one to be able to meditate with complete stillness and concentration and to come to a state of Samadhi (when one can transcend the body and mind to realize who one truly is). And upon realizing who you truly are, you will then be able to unite your consciousness with the Universal Consciousness.