The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yuj',which translated means,'to yoke','unite', or join.The term is linked to one of the ancient schools of Hindu philosophy,dating back thousands of years to the Vedic era of India.
Yoga has been called a complete science of life and was originally developed by the Rishis of India (wandering mystics),as a means of uniting and balancing the Mind, Body and Spirit,there by allowing us to live in complete harmony with ourselves and our true nature.
Today the Yoga that is practiced in the west is called Hatha Yoga or the Yoga of body or physical Yoga. Traditionally it was practiced as a preperation for the higher forms of Yoga and only when the physical body had been mastered,through the Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing practices),and onlly when the mind was controlled was the practitioner allowed to move on to the higher forms of Yoga practice.
Most Yoga students are initially drawn to it as a means of keeping fit and to seek comfort or relief for a specific complaint,such as chronic backache, stress or as a means to relax.Over time the student begins to notice that as their physical body becomes more fit and flexible,they begin to detect that there are also subtle changes that manifest, most notable, the feeling of inner calm and the change of outlook in their lives that their practicecan also brings.