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We give thanks for this blessed science of Yoga,
which has been passed down through the ages.
We give thanks for our teachers and our teachers' teachers.
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Yoga can be translated many ways. One generally accepted definition is the union of all that makes us sentient beings- body, mind and spirit or soul.
Yoga is both the journey and the outcome of that journey, as the practice of yoga teaches mindfulness, non-attachment, gratitude and humility.
The practice of the yogic life can be summed into five basic principles or points that can easily be incorporated into our own lifestyle to provide the foundation for healthy living. These principles are detailed by Swami Vishnu-devananda in his best-seller The Complete Book of Yoga. He is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda, who in the early 1960s sent a small handful of his most devout students to the West to spread the teachings of yoga.
5 POINTS OF YOGA
Proper Exercise(Asanas) increase circulation, strength and flexibility; this includes exercises in concentration and meditation that promote optimum good health.
Proper Breathing (Pranayama) connects the body to the potential energy stored inside us, and helps us to release this energy for physical and mental rejuvenation consciousness.
Proper Relaxation(Savasan) keeps the body and mind healthy by implementing three levelsof relaxation – physical, mental and spiritual.
Proper Diet is eating with awareness. The goal is to eat food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
Positive Thinking and Meditation(Vedanta and Dhyana)
relieves stress and refocuses energy toward positive behaviors by learning to detach or "step back" from situations, training the mind to be calm.