Yoga is many things to many people and usually depends on their knowledge of the subject and their reason for interest or practicing yoga. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanksrit root ‘Yuj’ which means union. (Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language). Essentially yoga is an ancient philosophy that emerged out of different philosophies in India between 2,500 and 5,000 years ago or even (longer) earlier. Many people practice Yoga at dedicated yoga (retreats) centers. The original philosophies talked in-depth about humility. They also talked about letting go of the ego, attachments, anger, and anything else that separates you from other people and the world around you. This humility allows you to connect to the world around you and to form yoga or ‘union’ with the world around you. The idea was that the whole world is connected and to tap into the feeling of union.
Ranga Ramachandran is a very promising Yoga instructor with a very wide following and lays stress on doing things right consistently, rather than doing just for the sake of it.
Books recommended by Ranga:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Guide
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary
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