What does Yoga mean?

Yoga means union.

“The word ‘Yoga’ means ‘union.’ Union means you begin to experience the universality of who you are. For example, today, modern science proves to you beyond any doubt that the whole existence is just one energy manifesting itself in various forms. If this scientific fact becomes a living reality for you – that you begin to experience everything as one – then you are in Yoga. When you are in Yoga, you experience everything as a part of yourself. That is liberation, that is mukti, that is ultimate freedom.” – Sadhguru

Yoga means intentional based action.

There are many forms of yoga practices, each with their own intention. Therefore, the most simple definition of Yoga as a practice is the practice of applying intentional based action to arrive at a desired result.

For example:

  • If your intention is relaxation, then perhaps the best form of Yoga practice for you is Hatha Yoga.
  • If your intention is physical intensity, then perhaps the best form of Yoga practice for you is Astanga Yoga.
  • If your intention is to elevate your conscious awareness, then perhaps the best form of Yoga practice for you is Kundalini Yoga.

Yoga means mindfulness.

“What you stay focused on will grow.” – Roy T. Bennett

Yoga as a lifestyle means being mindful about what you choose to consume and how you choose to spend your valuable energy. This may include positive thinking, mindful consumption and surrounding yourself with things and people that are good for your health, whether that is physically, mentally or spiritually.