Yoga Retreat


Yoga is the science of right living and, as such, is intended to be incorporated in daily life. It works on all aspects of the person: the physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual.

The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’ and is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means ‘to join’. This unity or joining is described in spiritual terms as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a more practical level, Yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions. This is done throuth the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkarma and meditiation, and must be achieved before union can take place with the higher reality. Yoga aims at bringing the different bodily functions into perfect coordination so that they work for the good of the whole body.

In the 6th century BC, Lord Buddha’s influence brought the ideals of meditation, ethics and morality to the fore and the preparatory practices of yoga were ignored. The Yogi Matsyendranath taught that before taking to the practices of meditation, the body and its elements need purifying.

The relevance of Yoga today

Today, as we prepare to enter the 21st century, a spiritual heritage is being reclaimed of which yoga is very much a part.While yoga’s central theme remains the highest goal of the spiritual path, yogi Practices give diredt and tangible benefits to everyone fegardless of their spititual aims.

Physical and mental therapy is one of yoga’s most important achievements. What makes it so powerful and effective is the fact that it works on the wholistic principles of harmony and unification. Yoga has succeeded as an alternative form of therapy in digestive disorders and other ailments of a chronic and constitutional nature where modern science has not .

According to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body.

For most people, however, yoga is simply a means of maintaining health and well-being in an increasingly stressful society. Asamas remove the physical discomfort accumulated during a day at the office sitting in a chair, hunched over a desk. Relaxation techniques help maximise the effectiveness of ever-dininishing time off. In an age of mobile phones, beepers and twenry-four hour shopping, yogic practices make great personal and even business sense.

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