What is Yoga?

Yoga is the physical, mental and spiritual practice that aims to transform the body and mind. Very often, yoga is only partially understood as being limited to asana (yoga poses). As such, its benefits are only perceived to be at the body level and we fail to realize the immense benefits yoga offers in uniting the body, mind and breath. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.

Why we need Yoga?

Yoga can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a employee at workplace. The toll of our fast paced lives can be extremely high on our physical and mental health. Stress and anxiety are known to be significant factors in the onset and progression of a wide spectrum of diseases. The goal of our program is to enable healthy and happy living naturally. It is designed to address the physical, psychological, nutritional, spiritual and social needs of a person.

Five Elements in Yoga

The various disciplines of Yoga

There are eight disciplines to Yoga as given by Patanjali (8 limbed Yoga), which needs to be practices in order to achieve the exalted level of refinement that is given by this supreme art form – the ultimate goal of Yoga

Niyama - Principles of self conduct and discipline: Contentment, intense dedication or austerity, study of self and scriptures and self-surrender. The directive includes Shaucha (internal and external purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Svadhyaya (study of religious books and repetitions of Mantras) and Ishvarapranidhana (self-surrender to God, and His worship).

Asana - Practice of the postures. It is believed that body and mind is intimately connected and if the body is agitated or not at peace the mind will also act corresponding to it. So, practicing of moving the body into postures helps in overall well being of the body, the posture, develops balance, strength and flexibility.

Pranayama - Controlled breathing. Air is a vital aspect in the human body; it is the primary physical medium of prana or breathing. Controlling the air intake is the best way to gain control over the prana. It is done when an intake breadth is joined or neutralized by outflowing breadth, it creates a perfect relaxation and balance of body activities is realized.

Pratyahara - Withdrawal and control of the senses. Commonly known as sensory inhibition, in this process we control this link between mind and senses.

Dharana - Concentration Also known as memory, it is the process of controlling and deeply focusing on a single thought. Hence, it enhances the levels of awareness in anything you do.

Dhyana - Meditation It is the ability of focusing efficiently on one subject or point of experience. Here, one has to be fully focused on the object of concentration.

Samadhi - A state of higher consciousness or a exalted state where the sense of self or commonly known as ego dissolves.