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What is yoga?



The word Yoga originates from the Sanskrit word "jug" which means union. It defines on one hand the state of unity and, on the other hand, the means of reaching this state. Yoga is a science of the human being. From its very onset and for thousands of years now, it has been transmitted directly from its masters to the disciples without loosing its originality or efficiency. It is the individual itself who experiences various states, affecting all levels of his or her being: physical, physiological, psychological, philosophical and spiritual. Its purpose is to free the mind of all obstacles, fears, internal conflicts which prevent the being from evolving towards the state of unity. The body and the mind are no longer perceived as separate entities, or opposites, but are rather considered as one harmonious and peaceful unit. Hence, the individual soul reveals its true infinite and universal dimension .

What is the teaching about ?
The practice of Yoga takes place by means of postural (asanas) and respiratory (pranayama) exercises, developing concentration and determination. For yoga as a discipline to be effective, it calls for regular and persistent practice. While some postures require an intense effort, other ones involve letting go. As a whole, the practice of yoga teaches to stay calm, with a firm will and a mind at peace. As a result, it reinforces the sense of coherence and inner strength. The practice of yoga develops self-confidence, the precursor of the Consciousness of the Self.

For whom is yoga ?
Yoga is for everyone - children, teenagers, adults, pregnant women, seniors... No specific aptitude is required to participate in yoga courses. Thus, when practicing yoga, the intellectual encounters rigor and precision, the athlete enhances strength and flexibility, and people with poor health improve their well-being.