Salute to the south

Sometimes we want to get out of our head and just practice our yoga. Other times we want to study and learn what is behind it.

“Where did yoga come from? Why was this pose invented? How has practice changed over time? How might I do it better?”
WHO definition of Health
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
What is Yoga
Yoga is a mind-body practice with origins in ancient Indian philopsophy
Yoga or Yuj in sanskrit language means “Union”
Combines physical exercises, breathing exercises, and mental exercises
Is used to be a way of life
“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras”

The first evidence we have of yoga was found in the Indus River Valley in northwestern India and date back several thousands of years BCE.

The system of Raja yoga had been practised for many years, but it wasn’t until Patanjali recorded his yoga sutras (disputed 400 BCE-300 CE), that the practice was canonized

Hundreds of years later, asana emerged as its own path called Hatha Yoga. Roughly one hundred years ago, yoga reach the America. In the last forth to fifty years, yoga has spread across major cities as a form of healthy lifestyle. Practising yoga is a chosen lifestyle. In the last twenty years, yoga has begun to explode into a practice done by millions of people of every race, religion, and gender – in every country, every sport, every business, and every type of educational institution. It is only about twenty years ago that the internet was even created and only a little more than ten years ago that social media was invented – and then dominated.

It’s not really possible to do justice to more than five thousand years of yoga history. But as we step into being trailblazer of the future, we can gather valuable tools by observing our past. As you embark on your jouney to find the true north, take a moment to salute the south.

A new beginning…

An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

This is the threshold. To plow through life, seeking pleasures, avoiding pain, rejecting dissonance, reveling in success, and cursing the vicissitudes of fortunes. or to pursue a life of inquiry, simultaneously non-attached and deeply immersed. To experience yourself as both the center of the universe and dust mote on the filament of history.
To choose to have a practice – a daily discipline of yoking your heart to your mind, your mind to your breath, your breath to your body, your body to the earth and the rest of community- is to pass this threshold into the examined, mindful life.
The exact way in which you engage in that yoking (in Sanskrit, the yoga) will change. Should change. The course of your relationships, your career, and your health will inevitably shift; the only constant is change. Likewise, your asana practice and other mind/body pursuits will, should shape-shift over a lifetime.

Let’s begin…