What is yoga?
Yoga is often considered by the Western World, as a purely physical past-time, one which can help individuals become physically fit and healthy.
While this is often the result of Yoga practice, it is not the goal. Yoga is not merely a way to become physically fit, or a method of stress management, but rather a way of approaching all aspects of life.
Yoga is a systematic practice which enables the movement of thought inward, with the goal of gaining mastery along the way, aiming for true consciousness and realisation of self.
This is achieved, among other methods, through the practices of mindfulness, meditation, physical postures or asanas, breathing techniques or pranayama, and mantras.
The ultimate aim of Yoga practice is to still the mind, allowing us to connect with the divine.