* I started off the new year trying to develop a written intention/thought for each day, centered around a word or thought that I can also use in my yoga classes. Today's word is a natural place to start: "Yoga". In Sanskrit: योग. The root of the word means "to yoke" like two horses, or oxen, yoked together to pull a plow or carriage, which implies a union as well. And this is the way most people think of yoga, and the practice of yoga today, with the union of breath and movement.
* Yoga was originally handed down through generations by word of mouth and Patañjali is widely credited with the first text discussing yoga, called the "Yoga Sutras of Patañjali" which came along about the same time as written developments in Christianity and Hinduism, and therefore include many similar references and actors.
* Whether you subscribe to all of the history and mythology of yoga, there is benefit in the practice for the body and the mind, through the union of breath and movement. This year we will discuss many of the attributes of yoga, benefits, practices, mysterious names, and more.