There are many different schools of yoga but in all it’s forms, yoga is essentially a personal practice.
Hatha yoga emphasizes the physical aspect of the practice and has the potential to bring many benefits including a stronger more flexible body, less tension and better posture.
As well as the physical benefits, Yoga encourages us to live more consciously with greater awareness and as such can bring benefits to all aspects of daily life.
Yoga is not a religion but some practitioners find that practicing yoga enhances and supports their own religious or spiritual beliefs.
Developed within the culture and traditions of pan India over the last 3000 years, western scientists are now finding that many of the yoga teachings have a scientific basis.
There is speculation, based on archaeological finds, that yoga began as many as 5000 years ago. Small statues have been found at Indus Valley sites, which look to represent figures sitting in Baddha Konasana a yoga posture. However there are no texts available to corroborate this interpretation.
Evidence of the Vedic Culture can be found in India from around 1800 BC. Using the place names in the texts to trace their origins, leads to the conclusion that the Vedic tradition made its way from Persia, east to Northern India.
The later portion of the Vedas, the Upanishads (also known as the Vedantas), which date from 800 BC, are the first real evidence of what we understand today as yoga.