What is Yoga?

Yoga is the stilling of the mind, as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, through an ethical, healthy lifestyle and consciousness raising practices which create Self-awareness. The word Yoga comes from the root Yuj, meaning to yoke or join. It is a joining, or uniting, of the individual self with the universal Self. The individual self being our ordinary sense of self identified with our egoic mind, the universal Self being our higher consciousness which is beyond association with individual personality traits and beyond judgment: seeing all as one.