The Meaning and History of Yoga
"When the Student is ready, the Teacher will appear!"
The word “yoga” comes from the ancient Sanskrit meaning union or yoke. The yoke refers to the bond that brings things together, whether the team of oxen powering a mill, or the bond that exists within the body, mind, spirit, energy, light and power we all possess. The beauty of Yoga is that it is truly universal, with no need for dogma or beliefs that cause conflict with other beliefs.
The traditional main branches of Yoga are: Karma Yoga (Action, Selfless Service), Jnana (knowledge), Bhakti (Devotion) and Raja (Meditation). One can find and identify other branches, as this is an ancient and very rich and varied tradition. Just as in the practice itself, one doesn’t want to engage in self-limiting understandings. Feel free to look for other areas of Yoga branches. The ultimate goal of ALL yoga practice is the attainment of Enlightenment, and that can take many paths and directions.
One of the distinctions and joys here at Simply Yoga is the wealth of teachers, practitioners and experienced seekers who we can call upon to share their experience, wisdom and love of Yoga . When you read about the Events, Teacher Profiles and Trainings that are available to you, you can get a sense of the depth of the practice and the many ways it can benefit each of you, on a very personal level.
We truly believe that “When the Student is ready, the Teacher will appear”. He and she does every day here at Simply Yoga!