The Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of "yoke", from a root yuj meaning to join, to unite, or to attach. This concept was introduced by the Sage Patañjali in the 2nd century BC.
The goals of yoga are varied and range from improving ones health to achieving ultimate liberation from suffering. In essence its practice teaches one how to connect with the true nature of self through awareness, breath, movement and sound.
The practice of Asana is one aspect of Yoga and the most emphasized here in the west. There are many other branches of Yoga that can be utilized to help a person find greater joy, balance and harmony in life such as Bhakti, Karma and Jnana Yoga.
The traditions I am most familiar with incorporate the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga and meet the needs of each individual for developing and maintaining a practice and cultivating self awareness. I have training in Iyengar, Hatha, Kripalu and Satyananda Yoga. My main training was done immersed at the ashram in India at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger Bihar India. Affiliate trainings and my certification are achieved through YANA (Yoga Association of North America). In my teaching and personal practice, I aim to incorporate Head, Heart and Hands in service of the greater good and positive transformation in all areas of life.
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