Yoga addresses every layer of our being; not just the physical but the energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. One interpretation of the Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ is to yoke. Yoga is the union of body, breath and mind. We develop a strong, flexible and healthy body through practice of physical poses. We become calm and present by learning to be aware of our breath. And we discover clarity, peace of mind and joy through relaxation and meditation.
Eventually we may catch a glimpse of the deepest and truest meaning of the word yoga - the union of the individual with the universal - the profound and spiritual experience of the inter-connectedness of all things.
Benefits of Yoga
Improved muscle tone, strength and flexibility
Enhanced respiration, digestion, circulation & fertility
Regulation of hormones, nervous system and immune system
Deep and restful sleep
More energy and vitality
Letting go of old habits
Stability, security and prosperity
Inner strength and the ability to bring ideas to fruition
Gratitude, compassion and joy
Authenticity, self expression and creativity
Clarity and peace of mind
Realisation of the inter connectedness of all things
Did you Know?
● Yoga in an ancient tradition which originated in India and is thought to be over 5000 years old
● Many of the yoga poses we perform in class today were created in the 1920's as part of Indias Nationalist movement by Krishnamachrya, the forefather of modern yoga,. BKS Iyengar (Iyengar yoga), Pattabhi Jois (ashtanga yoga) and Desickachar (Viniyoga) were all students of Krishnamcahrya and have most influenced the practice we do today in the west.
● Some forms of yoga do not involve any physical poses or movements. Bhakti yoga, for example, is the yoga of prayer and devotion. Karma yoga is the yoga of self less service. Both these forms of yoga do not include a physical practice.
● In the classical yoga text The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali written over two thousand years ago Patanjali defines yoga as 'the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind'
● 'Yoga is skill in action' is Krishnas description of yoga to Arjuna in the ancient text The Bhagavad Gita, thought to be over 4500 years old.
● Hatha yoga literally means 'forceful yoga' - a reference to the transformative nature of yoga rather than any physical practice