What is Yoga?
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to yoke” the spirit and physical body together – to unite. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.
Although there are various methods of practicing Yoga, it originated as an eight limbed lifestyle choice to inhibit peace, compassion, strength, connecting with the wisdom from within, and resting in stillness. Only one of those limbs is the asana (postures) practice, that is so commonly refered to as Yoga in the West. All eight limbs of Yoga play an important role in attaining Samadhi – or inner bliss, and the way of the Yogi is a lifestyle choice, not simply an occasional practice. Simply put, we practice Yoga to master our minds, so it doesn’t master us.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Where to start? Different people find different benefits from the practice, but here are some of the most common: ·
- Increased flexibility
- Increased strength
- Better balance
- Better posture
- Deeper breath
- Clearer mind
- Decreased pain
- More energy
- Reduced stress
- Increased self awareness
What if I have an injury or condition?
If you have an injury or a condition that may affect your ability to do the different physical postures, make sure you let me know before the class begins or call me in advance to discuss your situation. It’s also highly advisable that you get the go ahead from your GP or doctor before you start taking yoga classes. In most cases, I will be able to modify the poses to suit your needs. In some cases, it’s better to start with private yoga lessons, so that I can assess your ability and specifically address your needs.
Is there a conflict between Yoga and my religion?
No. People from all different religious backgrounds come here and that’s because nothing we do here approaches any religious teaching. The different yoga practices can enhance and support your connection to your own religious or spiritual beliefs.
Do I have to be in shape or be very flexible?
Nope. All classes have people of all different physical backgrounds. You’ll feel right at home.
What should I wear?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and dress in layers so you can adjust should you get hot or cool.
I’m not very fit and overweight – is yoga for me?
You do not have to be “fit” to build a Yoga practice. After attending some classes everyone finds that postures become easier. The body starts to become supple and muscles begin to gain strength. Size of the person has no bearing on being able to do yoga, neither does your age or sex.
What should I bring?
A mat if you have one, if not I have spares. A bottle of water. Towards the end of the class there is always a relaxation period so bring a blanket and a pair of socks to wear as you relax and your body cools down.
I have a really busy mind, will yoga help?
Absolutely. Focusing the mind on both movement & breath has a very calming effect on the mind.
“A mind free from all disturbance is Yoga.” – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali