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WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is a word derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means ‘to unite or integrate’, yoga is a 5,000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various pranayamas, yoga asanas (yoga poses) and meditation.

Sage Patanjali has defined yoga as

योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः॥२॥

“yogascitta vritti nirodhah” (Sanskrit)

Yoga is the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff"

In subsequent sutras, Patanjali explains that once the mind is properly restrained, then the “seer” or the “soul, the true self” can rest in its own true nature. Further, as long as the mind is not under control, it continues to assume the form of the “vrittis” or the perturbations in the mind and these vrittis become the cause of human suffering. In simpler terms, what this definition tells us is that we can be peaceful and happy when we can control the mind; else, the mind continues to control us and we stay in a state of suffering.