The word Yoga has its root in the Sanskrit word “ yuj” which means to merge, join or reunite. Humans are very complex beings because we are made of a physical body, a mind and spirit. Through regular yoga practice, these three integral elements that make up who we are, can be aligned and brought to balance. As a result you will experience a sense of inner peace, harmony and contentment.
The benefits of regular yoga practice are:
- Increased energy and vitality.
- Improved flexibility and overall fitness.
- Relief of stress and back pain
- Increased concentration and focus.
- Ability to relax and reconnect to your inner peace.
- And so much much more……
Yoga is an ancient science and art that transforms and integrates the body, mind and spirit when practiced with awareness and intention.
The practices and philosophies of yoga have been handed down over thousands of years and we are dedicated to preserving the richness and authenticity of the teachings as we support you in your practice.
The traditional yoga systems include: relaxation, asanas (postures) pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.
The importance of relaxation cannot be over-emphasised. Proper relaxation (Shavasana) relaxes the whole psycho-physiological system. Ideally it should be practiced before sleep, before and/or after the asana practice – particularly after dynamic exercises or at any time when the body becomes tired. As well, proper relaxation develops body awareness. When the body is completely relaxed, awareness of the mind increases, developing pratyahara (redrawing the senses from eternal world).
Asanas – postures
Asanas are a distinguishing feature of Yoga. They take one from the physical to the spiritual plane. They are the beginning as well as the foundation of Yoga Vidya – The Science of Yoga.
Asana means holding the body in a particular posture with inner awareness. Posture brings stability of the body and poise of the mind. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika affirms:
“ The practice of asana brings the body to a state of stability , gives freedom from disease, brings lightness to one’s very being. “
The body and mind and are interwoven and interdependent. If there is any disturbance in the body the mind is disturbed and vice versa. In Yoga the body and the mind are cultivated by a steady process of asana practice to prevent any impediment in their functioning. This practice gives heath, poise, mobility and immunity from disease.
The physical postures (asanas) stimulate and strengthen your whole body, influence your organs, and glands and bring them back into balance. Asanas performed with breath awareness has a calming effect on your mind and helps to release stress and tension from your nervous system.
Pranayama is breath control. Prana means energy and breath is the very life force, so Pranayama means to control or to expand – the end product being mental calmness and tranquility of the nervous system.
In Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the importance of breath is stressed as follows:
“ A disturbed breath leads to a disturbed mind; a steady breath leads to a steady mind. The two go together. Hence, cultivate a steady a quiet breath and thereby the mind is controlled and the life of a Yogi is prolonged.”
Practice of breath control leads to a pure mind. It dissolves the covering that hides the effulgence within. Such a mind is fit for concentration and then meditation.
After gaining mastery of the yogic postures, making the breath deeper and more subtle as well as rhythmic and controlling it systematically to the fullest possible extent is pranayama.
When a Yogi sustains and maintains the focus of attention unbounded by time and space, it becomes meditation. In such a state of deep concentration and steady undisturbed flow of meditation, the body, the breath, the mind, the intellect, and the ego, all lose their individual
existence and merge into one single state of Being. The merging of the Individual Soul with the Universal Soul is meditation.
The deeper the water of a river, the more quietly it flows. Similarly, the deeper the focusing of your mind, the more tranquil is the state of mediation.
Our yoga classes offer different intensities, so you can start at the level you are. If you are new to yoga we recommend to begin with the 6 week Beginner’s Yoga Course to get your foundations right and to learn correct breathing and full yogic breath. If you have done yoga
before feel free to join any of our open yoga classes.
If you are not sure where to start, feel free to send us an email or give us a call.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in our classes.
Come and reconnect back to your body, mind and spirit and feel energized, happy and uplifted when you leave.
More about our offerings:
● We specialise in yoga for pregnancy and holistic approach to childbirth and run Preparation for Childbirth yoga workshop for couples.
● Run Yoga and relaxation weekend retreats in nature.
● Offer inspiration talks and workshops and musical events.
● Have dance medittaion classes.
● Recommend different alternative health practitioners and healers.
● Hire our Centre for like minded activity and events.