The power of Yoga
Whatever yoga one practices, yoga is a discipline, a system or method that brings awareness to the body, mind and soul with the ultimate goal of unity. It is meditation in itself. Some times it is necessary to prepare the body for meditation by
stretching and building strength. This is the physical practice of yoga,
also know as Asana.
The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj", which means "yoking", as in a herd of oxen. In the modern sense it is meant as bringing the spirit and physical body together. Yoga has evolved over many of
thousands of years and has birthed over time a wide range of different styles and disciplines.
When one is a beginner of a yoga practice, there is a great possibility that the asana's, the yoga positions, are a challenge. The practitioner does always have much awareness of what is all happening in their mind, body and soul. The session is experienced as just a lot of hard work...which it is. A yoga beginners meditation is then very powerful to give the practitioner time to bring awareness to these areas and recognize the changes, the opening that has happened due to their yoga practice.