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The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

The word Yoga means to yoke or unify 

and from its roots some thousands of 

years ago in India, has developed into a 

cohesive system of lifestyle practices 

which assist the individual to function to 

their highest potential on all levels of 

being and to thereby help to create a 

balanced, healthy and vigorous society 

and environment. Yoga consists of 

practices developed over the centuries 

which have stood the test of time, and 

indeed are of even greater relevance and 

assistance now than ever before. These

practices include physical exercises (asana) to strengthen the physical body, create flexibility and ease of movement and function; breathing practices (pranayama) that assist the flow of prana or life-force energy to invigorate as well as relax the body and the mind; and mental/meditation practices (pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi) to still the mind and assist the individual gaining access to their spiritual self as well as focus and balance the mental faculties. Yoga includes many other lifestyle practices, from dietary (anna yoga) through to personal, social and environmental conduct (yama and niyama), with the overall philosophy being one of non-injury (ahimsa), respect and recognition of the interconnectedness of all.

Everyone can benefit from the practice of 

Yoga. There are no limitations based on 

age, beliefs or physical status. It is up to 

the individual to adapt the practices of 

Yoga into their own life to become self-

empowered and to access their own 

healing nature.

The practices of Yoga are wonderful 

tools with which to confront and 

overcome many modern ailments and 

diseases caused by stress, addiction, 

anxiety, inactivity or hyperactivity and 

depression, as well as being a way to

experience life from a less hurried, calmer and deeper present moment perspective.

"Letting Go" (from CD Sakash)

Music for Meditation, Eternity Ink, Pub.

00:00 / 05:30
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