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What is yoga?

Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. This ancient discipline and philosophy originated in India at least 5000 years ago. The Indian sage Patanjali codified it about 2200 years ago into a set of short aphorisms – the Yoga Sutras. The system of yoga practice developed by BKS Iyengar has its roots firmly planted in these teachings.

The practice of yoga helps to balance the body, mind and spirit. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to yoke, join, bind, and yoga methods provide a way to experience and bring together every aspect of ourselves: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. In the West today yoga has become very popular and classes can be found in almost every town.

There are many different styles of yoga with different names, which can be confusing. Hatha yoga is a name, which is often recognised and is known to be the sort of yoga, which involves physical exercise and breathing techniques. There are many styles of yoga, which can be called Hatha. Iyengar Yoga is one of them but is very distinctive.


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