The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. As per Yogic scriptures the practice of yoga leads to the connection of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, leading to a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature. While physical and mental health are natural consequences of yoga, the goal of yoga is about aligning individual geometry with the cosmic, to achieve the highest level of perception and harmony.
So why has this practise become so popular? In today’s society we are stressed like never before. I was never taught how to deal with stress at school or university. Yoga in London has therefore become the most natural way for me to combat troublesome feelings/thoughts. Since discovering yoga myself, there has been a huge boom of the practise all over the UK and a great deal in London. The BBC recently stated that 30 million regularly practice yoga world wide! I believe people today are looking for a logical solution to their problems, finding a sense of play and meditation through the activity of yoga.
With technology and communication moving so fast, this all contributes to the over stimulation of the mind, which now can be calmed for just an a small amount of time though the practise of yoga. Slowing us down, taking the sight inwards to our breath and our thoughts. I once had a student come to my class to improve her flexibility, after which she said ‘ it’s like I have just learnt to breathe’.
These days we are engaging less and less with others in person. So we see less of ourselves reflected back as a result. We live mostly in our mind and have no way of cross checking what it is telling us. When we practice yoga, we can actually get to see, feel, and experience ourselves deeply – not just physically, but emotionally and mentally, and even spiritually as well.
Hence the reason why yoga is so popular today. We subconsciously crave connection, a way to alleviate stress, and even if we go for alternative results, the mental benefits may surprise you.
Your Yoga Friend x