The incredible Swami Rama starts off his series on the Yoga Sutras. He discusses the word YOGA in a series of 85 10-minute youtube videos.
YOGA from the Sanskrit root word ("yuj") which means to "unite" or "join" refers to the individual soul uniting with the cosmic soul.
I love the way Swami Rama further explains why Yoga is not a religion. Religions come from yoga. Yoga does not come from religion.
YOGA in other RELIGIOUS TEXTS
Swami Rama clearly references yoga in the Bible. He points out yoga exists everywhere including temples, churches, mosques and synagogues. Yoga is not to be mistaken as being from only India or a part of Hinduism because most of the popular yogis are from India. Yoga has no limits or boundaries.
AUTHENTIC YOGA IN TORONTO
We don't have to put a hole in our wallets to fly to India in order to learn about yoga. We are presently living in the Kali Yuga (the Dark Ages). Consequently, most of the teachings in India are lost and/or degraded. I witness this more and more during my extended stays in Bombay. Many foreigners travel to India and experience the same. My best source of authentic teachings and practices I receive right here in our cultural mosaic city of Toronto!