From the East, the word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means ‘to join’ or ‘union’. The origins of Yoga date far back to the ancient world. More recently the word Yoga has been used to describe only the practice of certain body postures. However Yoga encompasses a wider field of disciplines to do with ethical behavior towards yourself and others etc. It is one of the ancient sciences of self-realization that depends upon a well-functioning body and mind. The mental, physical and spiritual benefits are only the side effects of Yoga.
Ayur means Life and Veda means knowledge/science – Science of Life. Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga, and they are to be taught together. Ayurveda is the science of promoting good health and longevity, with advice on practices in cleansing, healing the body and the mind. Having the same ancient Vedic origin and goals, Yoga and Ayurveda together form a formidable approach in exploring ones physical, intellectual and conscious aspects. They both recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of life: Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation).
Jyotish is the science of light, known more recently as Vedic astrology. And the sister science of Ayurveda and Yoga. Jyotish is the science of the lights in the sky – the celestial bodies and the light within – the soul. The energies, cycles and where they were placed at the time of ones birth is charted producing ones natal chart. It is a blue print of ones physical, psychological and energetic tendencies, strengths and challenges. It assists one to understand what it is that they are, the larger cycles, importance of timing events, the current map of the sky and how it relates to one at the moment. Jyotish shows us the path.