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Yoga's Roots

Yoga's Roots: FAQ

What is yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice, originating in Northern India at least 5,000 years ago. The word itself means 'yoke' or 'union' - referring to the union of body, mind and spirit. 

In the West, we tend to think of yoga as just the movement and shapes we make with our bodies - the 'asanas'.

But yoga is much more than this. The eight limbs of yoga were devised by the sage Patanjali around 1800 years ago  and provide a code for living a good and purposeful life. 

Yoga is for everyone. Many organisations are working hard to make sure that yoga is anti-racist, accessible and open.

You can read more about the history of yoga and how it has been changed from its original roots here.

Where can I find out more?

There are many books and resources that discuss the importance of keeping yoga accessible and honoring its roots. Here are just a few.

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