So what is Yoga? I wrote this article as an introduction to understanding Yoga for both Yoga practitioners and non-Yoga people.
With so much information available on the web and in books, it can be hard to wade through all the different interpretations and styles and the sometimes contradictory information available.
This article brings together the various strands of Yoga using the banyan tree as an analogy.
The banyan tree, growing near most temples in Bali, is from the genus Ficus. It puts down new roots constantly sprouting new 'trees' which become so intertwined that its hard to see the original tree trunk. Considered a symbol of immortality and a reminder of the ever-present source at the heart of the play of change in the universe.
The article also sets the context for the next 2 articles which will delve deeper into the why and how of Yoga's effect on people.
(Braach-Maksvytis, V. (2019). The Yoga Banyan Tree: Part 1. International Journal of
Neuropsychotherapy, 7(1), 11–22. doi:10.12744/ijnpt.2019.011-022)