The word yoga is derived from the root yu, which has different meanings: “connect, unite, meet”.
The primary meaning of yoga is union – sanskrit samyoga. Yoga also stands for self-control. The word root yuj means samadhi which one can translate with integration.
To understand the basic principles of yoga, one should distinguish the relationship between yoga practices and their effects. The goal of yoga can be described as integration of the personality on all levels. Yoga as physical exercises, yoga as therapy, yoga as philosophy are only part of the whole. There are also practices such as mediation or conscious work.
As a symbol, there is a story of a larger number of blind people arguing about the appearance of an elephant. Each of them came into contact with another part of the elephant. One touches the legs, another the tail, another the trunk and another one ear. Everyone believed that they knew what an elephant is because of this encounter. The reports ranged from a comparison with a column, a broom to a fan. Everyone had a different idea of an elephant, similarly everyone has a different idea and view of yoga.
In the Western world, we usually practice Hatha Yoga – the physical yoga path with postures / asana and breathing exercises / pranayama.
Enjoy a daily break with yoga on the Terrace of your Villa!
You will find a yoga mat in the gym of your Villa.
State of pure consciousness
Union of the limited self with boundless, absolute consciousness
|Maintaining an uninterrupted flow of thought to the Absolute, the Truth, to God|
|Centering the mind on a single thought|
Peace with the senses
|Dissolving the mind of all senses and actions|
Peace with the nerves
|Control of the life energy by regulation of the breath|
Peace with the body
|Health and balance of body and mind|
Peace with yourself
|5 Commitments: Purity, contentment, self-discipline, exploration of the self through study of scriptures, devotion|
Peace with the world
|Abstentions: non-violence, truthfulness / sincerity, non-stealing, abstinence, desirelessness|
Prepare your body slowly warming for the asanas. Train your mindfulness in the asana (balance, strained muscles, respiratory flow, opposite exercise). Go gently into the asana, hold without difficulty and come back gently.
Surya Namaskar | Sun salutation
Extremely effective in loosening, stretching, massaging and stimulating all joints, muscles and organs. Stretches and warms the body. The versatility makes it one of the most important exercises. Vitalizes the energy of the body directly.
We really hope you enjoy these asanas during your stay at Almodóvar Villas. Take them back home as a memory and bring them back next year.
We hope to see you very soon!