Yoga by Blisstopia Instructors
Yoga by Blisstopia inspires our community & neighbors to live empowered, creative, vibrant lives through the practices of Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda as well as other wellness practices.
Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular, if not the most popular, workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home or in a classroom. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation.
Once you get into Yoga though, you learn that it is so much more than just a way to workout and keep in shape. It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into yoga for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings a long with it.
Yoga is different from other forms of exercise which only operate on a physical level. Yoga does use physical practices, including postures called “asanas” and breathing techniques called “pranayama”, to strengthen and heal the body.
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to connect, join or balance. Patañjali, the author of the classical Yoga text, The Yoga Sutras, defines Yoga as, “complete control over patterns of the mind, which only happens when we are able to quiet all the noise in our lives and find peace.” Another classical writer defines the goal of yoga is to lead us from distraction to direction. Neither mention six-pack abs or touching your toes.
The actions of a yoga practice go further and are intended to enrich the mind and even the spirit, bringing balance and peace to the person who practices diligently. It’s not magic and it is not religion. It does not ask you to believe in anything except yourself and your ability to be your unique best. Yoga is a science which has discovered, by researchers over the last 5,000 years, techniques to make all of us stronger, healthier, and happier; regardless of our condition or age or when we start. You can start yoga as a baby or at 90 years old.