The best way to find out a bit more about Yoga is to experience it, find a teacher who you sincerely connect with or a book that inspires you in some way, and begin the journey.
So much has been beautifully written about Yoga over the last thousands of years that I feel it is quite unnecessary to use my own words to explain what this complete system of self-realization practices is.
Here are some clues to enlighten your path:
Yoga is an ancient science from the East and it can be practiced and experienced by all regardless of their age, gender or fitness level. “The word Yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’ and it is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means ‘to join’. This unity or joining is described in spiritual terms as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.” (Swami Satyananda Saraswati). On a more practical level, the practice of Yoga aims to unite the physical, mental and emotional aspects of ourselves bringing them into a more balanced state and consequently: clearer minds, stronger bodies and more open hearts. Yoga also guides us on our individual journey of self-realization and through consistent practice, helps us remove layers (sheaths) of acquired conditioning so we find our way back to our most essential and purest nature.
“Yoga is one of the most extraordinary spiritual sciences that mankind has ever discovered. It is like a gem of great proportions, containing many facets whose light can illumine the whole of our lives with great meaning.(…) Comprehending all aspects of the human being and the world of nature, it can unfold all the higher powers that are accessible to us both internally and externally.
Yogic methods cover the entire field of our existence – from the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, and spiritual to the highest Self-realization.” Dr. David Frawley
“(…) Yoga has become an essential tool for survival, as well as for expanding the creativity and joy in our lives.” Swami Rama
“Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.” Bhagavad Gita