What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice rooted in Indian philosophy at least 3,000 years old. From the root word “yuj” in Sanskrit, Yoga means unity or “to unite.” Ancient Hindu texts mention yoga as a practice to control the body and, thereby, the mind, and this is part of the union which is being referred to. The unity between mind and body and man’s harmony with his fellows, nature, and all of creation. For our purposes, yoga is a handy tool for healing.
The benefits of yoga have been thoroughly researched and well documented. As an evidence-based therapeutic activity, it is part of The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center’s wellness-centered curriculum. At its core, yoga consists of exercises and positions for stretching and strengthening the body, improving circulation and muscle tone, and even stimulating the production of hormones and endorphins. There is much more to yoga than simply the exercises, but we will focus on the physical aspects of our program.