The ancient yogic discipline is far more than just a fitness method for physical health or a psychological tool to achieve peace and happiness. Wellness of body, mind and soul, often touted as the key benefit of modern yoga practice, is merely a by-product of becoming a completely balanced and vibrant human being.
The Sanskrit word “yoga” originates from the word “yuj” which means “to unite”. Hence, yoga is the union of the individual with the whole of existence, also commonly referred to as “self-realization/ nirvana/ mukti or enlightenment”.
Yoga was originally imparted by the Adiyogi (the first yogi), Shiva, over 15,000 years ago. It was Adiyogi who introduced the idea to humanity that one can evolve beyond one’s present level of existence. He poured his knowing into the legendary Sapta Rishis, or seven sages, who carried the tremendous responsibility, offered by the yogic science, to various parts of the world, including Asia, Ancient Persia, Northern Africa, and South America. It is this fundamental yet sophisticated science of elevating human consciousness that is the source of the world’s spiritual traditions, predating religion by many thousands of years.