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What is yoga?

Yoga is a practice of self-exploration that originated in India 5,000 to 7,000 years ago. It emerged primarily as a meditative practice aimed at discovering one’s essential nature and the realization of universal truth.

In the thousands of years since that time, yoga has evolved in many different ways. In the 15th century, a branch of yoga known as Hatha Yoga was codified in a text known as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Hatha (pronounced “hut-ha”) Yoga is largely concerned with the physical practice of yoga postures or asana.

In the last 100 to 200 years, the practice of Hatha Yoga has evolved into a number of styles of yoga that we see around the world today.

Different styles of yoga focus on different aspects of practice. A given style may be predominantly physical, energetic, or meditative in nature, or may combine each of these types of experience in a unique way. Regardless of the particular focus, however, all styles of yoga seek to bring the individual towards a greater realization of truth and health in this body.

Depending on the yoga style, different techniques and practices are employed and can include: breathing techniques, physical exercises (ranging from gentle to vigorous), meditation, chanting, community service, and relaxation and restorative exercises.

Yoga has the power to improve the quality of life of every person who chooses to practice it. Finding the right form of yoga for you is an important first step on that journey. There is a form of yoga that is right for everyone.

The form of yoga that we practice is called Ahimsa Yoga.

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We invite you to explore this website further to learn more about Ahimsa, and to contact us at info@ahimsayoga.com or 416.922.YOGA (9642) if there’s anything we can do to assist you in your yoga explorations. We would love to hear from you and support you in taking your next step towards greater health, happiness, and wholeness.