WHAT IS YOGA ?
The word “yoga” derives from the Sanskrit root yuj (“to yoke”) which is cognate to modern English “yoke”, “jugal” and “jugum” in Latin . All derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *yeug- meaning “to join” or “unite”.  It is generally translated as “union of the individual atma (loosely translated to mean soul ) with Paramatma, the universal soul.”
This may be understood as union with the Divine by integration of body, mind, and spirit. A committed practitioner of yoga is referred to as a yogior yogin (masculine), or yogini (feminine). These designations are for serious practitioners, who have already made considerable progress along the path towards yoga.
Images of a meditating yogi from the Indus Valley Civilization are thought to be 6 to 7 thousand years old. The earliest written accounts of yoga appear in the Rig Veda , which began to be codified between 1500 and 1200 BC but had been orally transmitted for at least a millennium prior to this. The first quasi-rational, full description of the principles and goals of yoga is to be found in the Upanisads , thought to have been composed between 800 and 300 BC. The Upanisads are also called Vedanta since they constitute the end or conclusion of the Vedas (the traditional body of spiritual wisdom). In the Upanisads, the older practice of offering sacrifices and ceremonies to appease external gods gives way instead to a new understanding that man can, by means of an inner sacrifice, become one with the Supreme Being (referred to as Brahman or Mahatman ) — through moral culture, restraint and training of the mind .
By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady poses or asanas, yoga creates harmony. Yoga practice consists of live key elements : proper breathing, proper exercise, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation. The exercises, or asanas, are designed to ease tense muscles, to tone up the internal organs, and to improve the flexibility of the body’s joints and ligaments.
Bali is the perfect place to come for healing and renewal, and Yoga and Meditation can be an integral part of your personal process. Listed on below, and on the following pages, are the daily schedules and class descriptions of a variety of Bali Yoga Studios across the island of Bali.