What is Yoga ?
Yoga originated in India over 2000 years ago. Yoga can be described as the union between the Mind and the Body. The word Yoga means “unity” or “union” and is derived from the Sanskrit work “yug”, which means to join. Over the centuries, as its influence has spread, Yoga has been valued as a discipline that contributes to physical health, psychological well-being and spiritual development. It is a journey of self-discovery. There is a variety of ways to approach the ultimate goal of Yoga. There are many different types of Yoga. They include Jnana, Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Hatha, to name just a few.
Hatha Yoga describes the physical practice of Yoga. It includes the practice of postures (Asanas) , deep breathing (Pranayama), relaxation and meditation.
On a physical level, it will improve your posture, strength, balance and stamina. It will also help to free your mind from stress. It will bring balance and harmony in your life. It will help you greatly to withdraw from the chaos of the world and find a quiet space within.
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, size, shape and levels of fitness. During the postures, the body is gently placed in all directions. Every muscle is stretched and toned. The internal organs are massaged, improving their general function. The joints in the body are freed and the spine is encouraged to become aligned. The circulation is improved and the breathing capacity is greatly enhanced.
- improves flexibility, muscle joint mobility
- strengthens the spine and eases back pain
- relaxes mind and body
- relieves tiredness
- improves postures
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces stress levels
- lifts the mood
“…It is through your body that you realise you are a spark of divinity…”
BKS Iyengar (1918-2014)