What is Yoga?
The Yoga tradition dates back over 5,000 years and survives today as a dynamic system which promotes the health and wellbeing of mind and body.
'Yoga' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'union' or 'yoke'. The aim of yoga is to unite the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
There are various yoga paths but for many people it is the regular practice of physical postures (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) that can produce the most profound changes in physical health and mental wellbeing.
Whichever style of yoga is practiced, the co-ordinated movement of body and breathing stimulates the circulation, releases tension, massages internal organs, stretches, tones, strengthens and helps to prevent the stiffness we come to expect with inactivity or the ageing process.
After a while of practicing the physical postures,our internal world comes more into focus. We become aware of the natural rhythm of our body, how the stresses and strains of life change the way we feel. We learn to listen. We learn the joy of stillness and begin to reap the benefits of being mindfull throughout our day.
Yoga has no limits, people of any age or fitness level can have yoga postures adapted to meet their needs. This is the joy of yoga, it is a truly personal journey which is done at your own pace, working with the needs of your body.
All you need is space to lay out your mat and the commitment to practice.
There is no final prize in yoga practice.
The journey is the prize.
"No one can see their reflection in running water.
It is only in still water that we can see."