Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness. The practice of Yoga is more than 10,000 years old. Science has proven time and again that Yoga exceedingly improves health, heals aches and pains and also keeps sickness at bay. Some of the many benefits of Yoga are: improved bone health, increased blood flow, releases tensions in your limbs, better sleep, and even a reduction in depression and anxiety.
Yoga is also known for the promotion of our spiritual health. As it eases stress and tension, helps withdrawal from addiction, and even prevents mental illnesses. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Saba Rana who is a practicing yogi in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style of Yoga and the founder of Soul Yoga, a Lahore-based studio that offers classes for beginners and intermediate level. Saba has been practicing Yoga from over two decades. According to her, once she started practicing Yoga she felt that “her soul was home”. She finds Yoga to be the best form of psychical exercise that creates the perfect balance for spiritual and psychical health.
Extremely content being a Yoga teacher; she believes that Yoga gives her the opportunity to be a vessel for somebody’s connection with the universe. A tiny difference in someone’s health or happiness that is a result of her guidance and training is the most rewarding for her.