Yoga and Meditation Camps
The Sanskrit word "yoga" actually means "union with the divine". Yoga is a holistic and mindful practice that includes physical movements (asana), breathing (pranayama), meditation (dhyana) and relaxation (savasana). The practice cultivates mind-body awareness, promotes physical movement, and creates intimacy with one's internal landscape (e.g., emotions, thoughts, physical sensations).
Yoga is not only rejuvenating for the body but also the brain. Yoga postures were actually designed to systematically prepare the body to meditate, In Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness, all of the asanas are designed in a routine to help direct the energy into the spine, to be magnetically directed upward to the brain to awaken and lift our consciousness. Practicing yoga is known to improve flexibility, balance, endurance, physical strength and ultimately minimising suffering with increased clarity of reality.
Meditation and yoga are interrelated. They go hand and hand. They work together to unite our small self with our higher soul self. One cannot be present without the other. We need to be aware of the body in order to forget about it, in order to go inward in meditation.
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises
In fact, yoga and meditation are considered stress reduction techniques that can influence how we relate to mental and physical health issues, in short improve overall well-being.