Yoga is about recovery, healing, and wellness. This should be the focus wherever yoga is practiced and taught.
The meaning of yoga is a conceptual framework within which we want to try to live our life in a pure and pristine way without causing harm to ourselves and to others. The physical practice of the exercises help us tune our bodies so that we can then tune our minds.
One of the beautiful things about yoga is that you get a “two for one” every time. If you work on concentrating in the present moment you train your mind to be focused, which of course is of great benefit to a thinking rational creature. And you also get physical strength, flexibility, and relief from injury, not to mention a beautifully sculpted body over time.
Yoga’s main components – practices, meditation, and breathing—are crucial to maintaining good health.
There are three components to a Yoga Asana (essentially a type of controlled posturing). First, it is to control the body. Then, breath can be controlled. From that point, thoughts going through a person’s head can be controlled in such a way that the person can arrive at a single-minded focus.