The beginnings of Yoga were developed by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'.
Yoga was introduced to the western world by Yoga gurus from India in the late 19th and early 20th century. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that yoga became more widely recognized and became popular as means of physical exercise.
While Yoga does have many physical benefits and can indeed be practiced as a form of physical exercise, the true purpose and intention of Yoga is to surrender one’s mine and Ego so as to unite with God/Source/The Creator.
It is believed that the difficulties we face in life whether they be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, can be overcome by practicing Yoga on a regular basis.
A regular practice of Yoga can help to awaken and develop our intuitive senses which we can rely on for guidance, insight and wisdom.
As our intuitive develops and evolves, so too do our mental abilities rise to meet new levels of understanding and insight which again help us to navigate more powerfully through this lifetime.
Yoga as a lifestyle will also naturally begin to awaken creativity and a deeper understanding about why we are here and what our unique soul purpose is in this lifetime. Which can be extremely helpful when it comes to making important decisions and choices.
A consistent practice of yoga can help us to overcome the many battles we face within ourselves and lead us to a profound spiritual enlightenment.
How to Get Started
If you are new to Yoga you might be wondering, where do I begin?
Here are 4 Steps to starting a simple at-home practice. Of course you can also sign up for yoga classes at a nearby Yoga Studio or online if you prefer.
Buy a journal. Grab yourself a journal and write down your goals as it relates to your new yoga practice. For instance you might decide that one of your goals is to feel more relaxed, or to reduce the feeling of stress in your life. Maybe one of your goals is to develop your intuition and you’d like to use your yoga practice to do so. Whatever your goals are, write them down and then date them. Then keep your journal handy so you can capture your daily yoga practice thoughts and experiences.
Get the Gear. To get started you are going to need some equipment. To keep it simple for now, begin by getting yourself a yoga mat, a blanket, a towel (or a yoga strap) and 1-2 yoga blocks. You will also need to find a class or set of classes for you to follow which you can source in books and online. YouTube is an excellent place to source free yoga classes for beginners. Just search up ‘yoga classes for beginners’ in YouTube. Select what resonates with you.
Find the Space. Next you will need to find a space in your home that you can dedicate to your daily practice. This might be in your bedroom, an office or even outside on your porch or balcony. Once you have decided on your space, decorate with a few personal items that evokes feelings of joy, love and peace within you. Some suggestions are candles, flowers, angel cards, crystals, incense, spiritual books.
Commit to your Practice. Starting a new habit has it’s challenges. It’s highly likely that some days you may not feel like doing your practice because you feel tired, scratchy, hormonal or you feel you are too busy. While this is very normal as it happens to us all, set yourself an intention to get on your mat for just five minutes if that’s all you can spare so your practice becomes a daily habit and eventually a lifestyle.
Over time I promise you are going to experience and observe remarkable and positive changes in all aspects of your life.