“I accept myself as I am and the world as it is.”  That quote defines yoga.
 

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oga originated about 6000 years ago. It is a sanskrit word that means union.  Because you cannot practice union, in yoga you practice integration, which means unifying your thinking, feeling, and doing with your being. This is also the process of becoming relaxed. As you practice relaxing with whatever and whoever is before you, you are practicing yoga and begin to move from your ego self-image to your soul.
 
Authentic yoga integrates your body, mind, heart and soul. You begin to feel at peace with everything as it is, whether you like it or not. You create your life from a place of being relaxed rather than from a place of resistance.

When you are in conflict, you are not practicing yoga. Most yoga practiced today has been interpreted as exercise for health, which has nothing to do with authentic yoga. Health and weight loss could be a result of yoga but it is not the purpose, definition or practice of yoga.
 
Yoga is a path that reminds us and connects us to who we really are. Through understanding your true nature and applying the principles and techniques of authentic yoga in your daily life, you connect to the relaxed, powerful and loving being that you are.
 
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