Yoga & Meditation
A joyful practice that powerfully offsets the stress of modern day through its intelligent and sophisticated impact on the nervous system, brain and heart. Yoga & Meditation reduces emotional and mental fatigue, relieves anxiety and depression and slows down the aging process and more. A practice suitable for people of all ages and abilities, providing radiant health, happiness, and vitality. Breathing exercises, or Pranayama, are a central part of yoga, which help us calm the mind. Prana, means breath or life force energy. Yama means to house or store. Thus, Pranayama is the art of building up and storing our life force energy. Breathing techniques also prepare us for a deeper experience of meditation. In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common literal sense. By figurative extension from the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses, the word took on broader meanings such as "employment, use, application, performance". There are very many compound words containing yoga in Sanskrit. Yoga can take on meanings such as "connection", "contact", "union", "method", "application", "addition" and "performance". Yoga also means "combined". For example, guṇáyoga means "contact with a cord"; chakráyoga has a medical sense of "applying a splint or similar instrument by means of pulleys; chandráyoga has the astronomical sense of "conjunction of the moon with a constellation"; puṃyoga is a grammatical term expressing "connection or relation with a man", etc. Bhaktiyoga means "devoted attachment" . The term kriyāyoga has a grammatical sense, meaning "connection with a verb". But the same compound is also given a technical meaning in the Yoga Sutras, designating the "practical" aspects of the philosophy, i.e. the "union with the supreme" due to performance of duties in everyday life. According to Pāṇini, a 6th-century BCE Sanskrit grammarian, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered as the correct etymology. In accordance with Pāṇini, Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras, states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).