As I was preparing for a seven month intensive that I am facilitating, I wanted to begin with the definition of Yoga. For this, I went to the Bliss Divine by Swami Sivananda. His insight into Yoga's teachings is impeccable. He was a modern day saint, sage and Yogi and he was, and continues to be, a teacher for the masses. Inspired to share his wisdoms, here is what Swami Sivananda has to say about Yoga. I italicized the sentences that really struck me... enjoy the reading and please feel free to share your definition of yoga.
“To live in God, to commune with God, is Yoga. Life in God brings eternal bliss. Yoga shows you the way. Yoga unites you with God. Yoga makes you immortal. Yoga is complete life. It is a method which overhauls all the sides of the human personality.
Yoga is not Physical Exercise
A Way of Life
May we all find a new spiritual understanding in our own lives. Happy Yoga-ing...