What is Yoga?

What is yoga is the question which comes to mind for anybody thinking of starting yoga.  Yoga is an ancient system developed over the centuries by the Sages of India. Yoga is a system of training of mind, body and spirit for purification of soul and attaining oneness with the supreme consciousness. The goal of yoga is to calm the mind, ensure better co-ordination of mind and body so that we live a healthy life and experience spiritual growth.

In case you are new to yoga, here you will practical information which will be useful before you start your yoga journey.

Yoga is a vast system which provides a complete philosophy for living a healthy life. But a beginner can be overwhelmed with yoga, and may not know how and where to start yoga.  Some of  the people with no previous experience of yoga are not sure how they can start doing yoga and what to expect from yoga practice.  Or how to adopt yoga for individual needs and aspirations.

Hence the most common questions are:

Where to start yoga? How to start yoga?


Fortunately for beginners, technique of yoga in its simplified form can be easily incorporated into our busy schedules to benefit both mind and body. With proper guidance any person can start doing yoga depending on age and physical fitness levels.

What Yoga Can Do For You?

In nutshell we can say that yoga provides you a complete road map for living life. Yoga practitioners strive for the following:

  • To make conscious and sustained effort towards self perfection.
  • To perfect the art of right living.

  • Overhauling of all facets of human personality.

What is Yoga Practice?

As a yoga practitioner, to get maximum benefits  from yoga practice, you will be required to make efforts for the following:

  • Restraining of  the senses.
  • Following  a simple diet.
  • Controlling the mind.
  • Proper breathing and relaxation.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Regular meditation.
  • Continuous introspection to improve your practice.

Learn more about basics of yoga and who can do yoga.

Principles of Yoga help to regain health and vitality well into the old age. Yoga preserves the mental health and clear thinking well into old age without fear of disease and loneliness. Yoga can make you look younger by years.  Read more about immense benefits of yoga.

There are four major paths of yoga which are not mutually exclusive. For a beginner it is essential to know these paths. Once you learn yoga, you may decide which of the path appeals more to you.

Will yoga interfere with your religious beliefs? Yoga and hinduism are closely related but you can practice yoga whatever your religious beliefs are.

Questions Troubling Most of Yoga Beginners?

What to expect from  your yoga practice? You must specify aims for your yoga practice. Write down your yoga goals before starting yoga practice.

Do you know of the various factors which are critical for ensuring the on which your practice will depend. A self assessment worksheet can help you to make the assessment yourself.

What is the process of yoga?  What is the advice for yoga beginners?

What is the difference between yoga and other exercises?

How to learn yoga?  Can there be a simplified flow chart for yoga beginners to chart out their yoga path?

What are the difficulties of learning yoga online?

What is common Yoga Etiquette?

What are the main obstacles to successful yoga practice?

How to adapt yoga practice when you are not fully fit? Adopting yoga as a therapy?

What self study can I do before starting yoga? 

Do I need to know about eight fold path of yoga?

What are the four yogas?

What is yoga can be understood by practice only. The true benefits of yoga will be revealed to you if you have full faith in yoga and be regular in yoga practice.

Yoga is not a religion, but an aid to practice of basic spiritual truths in all religions

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