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Yoga and you

Yoga and you

Yoga has its seed in the beginning of time, yet it still continues to evolve. Inspired from the dept of nature, it is a life and breathing art. The term ‘yoga’  derived from Sanskrit means ‘union’  and is the union of our physical, mental and spiritual selves. It is just not an exercise – it is a way of life.

There are several different paths of yoga and each one takes a different route to approach one ultimate goal of self-realization.

The six main paths of yoga are:

Jnana yoga – This is the path of wisdom and is most suited to people with an intellectual temperament.

Bhakti yoga – This is the path of devotion and is most suited to people who are attracted to prayer.

Karma yoga – This is the path in which the practitioner devotes his or her life to selfless action.

Mantra  – This is the path of sacred sound. Sacred sound, phrases and words known as mantras are repeated and bring self – realization.

Raja – Raja means ‘Royal’. This is an eight-step path to enlightenment and practice of posture, breath control, meditation and withdrawal of the senses.

Hatha – This is the path of physical control and is properly regarded as preparation for the pursuit of Raja yoga. It is a disciplined science encompassing all aspects of life in different ways and on different levels to balance the mind, body and spirit leading ultimately to perfect health.

Spa resorts such as  Shanti Maurice, Mauritius practice yoga in  completely traditional  form and stems from the roots of Hatha Yoga, with adaptations to suit individual needs.

Luxury yoga retreat ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY Thailand’s Premier Detox & Yoga Resort, on Koh Samui Island offers the most extensive yoga styles and classes including Hot Yoga, Ashtanga (Led & Mysore style), Vinyasa, Hot Flow, Yin, Hatha, Anusara and Pilates, taught by highly skilled and qualified instructors.

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