Yoga is NON COMPETETIVE - we have to forget all we learn in the gym and with other sports when practicing yoga. Yoga encourages us to withhold judgment on ourselves and others. Self responsibility at all times - the yoga teacher can advise and see what you are doing but they cannot feel what you are feeling. Hence, it is always the yoginis (that's you) responsibility to care for their own wellbeing and physical state. The intrinsic nature of yoga is self awareness. Furthermore, it is vital that although given instruction you work at your own pace and within your own limits.
Yoga begins to work first on the physical body creating a more balanced state on the endocrine, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Increased awareness of physical self highlights the relationship between physical, mental and emotional elements of us. This assists in bringing balance and harmony to the body, mind and emotions. Hence the meaning of yoga is unity or oneness.
This oneness or union is achieved by the practices of Pranayama (breath awareness), Asanas (postures) Yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation. The relevance of yoga in our lives is, that it is a time to be ‘present', just for you!
Yoga balances the nervous and endocrine systems which impacts directly on all organs of the body, facilitating wellness. Asanas remove physical discomfort and stress in the muscular system. Yoga nidra has a deep calming effect on the whole body, fortifying our immune system and our ability to cope with life's challenges. Asana cultivates awareness of self. Yoga also improves movement of energy through chakras hence releasing blockages and the accumulation of toxins. Therefore Yoga not only strengthens the body and improves health, it may also awaken the higher centers of our consciousness.