What is Yoga?

Posted on: May 9th, 2013
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“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘What is Yoga?’ The word yoga (sanskrit for union) first appeared in writing over 5000 years ago to describe an experience of enlightenment through spiritual practice. How exactly this is done has been codified and evolved over the years into what we now know of as yoga. Interestingly, the oldest texts included no mention of the asanas (postures) so commonly associated with modern yoga. There has always been something more, beyond the physical forms, that yoga is a path towards. So what were these original seekers and yogis doing, how did it evolve, and why are their practices still relevant today?

These are timeless questions that will come up again and again throughout this blog as we explore the question, ‘What is Yoga?’ The purpose of the Amala Foundation, the Sanctuary, and the many spiritual traditions represented in our community. For now, I invite you to take a few deep breaths and explore these questions in self-inquiry:

What is your spiritual practice?
How has it evolved?
Why is it relevant to your life?

Jeremy Devens current teaches at Sanctuary Yoga Thursdays at 6:30am and Fridays at 4pm


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