What is Yoga
The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit meaning "to yoke" or "union". Yoga refers to the connection of the body, mind and soul.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today.
Yoga uses a blend of movement and postures (asanas); breath control (pranayama), relaxation and meditation to energise the body and focus the mind. Yoga improves your strength, balance and flexibility leading to a stronger, more centered and engergised you.
Who can do Yoga
Yoga is suitable for everyone – any experience, male, female, young and old. Yoga is about making a connection with your body and mind, whatever your age and whatever your physical condition, helping to promote good health and wellbeing. Yoga is non-competitive, safe and progressive, encouraging you to go at your own pace whilst observing and listening to your body.
Why do yoga?
By practicing yoga regularly and integrating in into part of your lifestyle, yoga leads to long term rewards for your body and mind. It provides you with time to connect into the present and offers a sanctuary from our busy lives. Yoga benefits us physically, mentally and emotionally, helping us to lead a better, healthier and happier life.
Yoga benefits include:
- Posture improvement
- Increased flexibility
- Strength and muscle toning
- Reduced back pain and stiffness in joints
- Tension relief, creating calmness and reducing stress
- Health maintenance and illness prevention
“Movement is the song of the body. This song if you care to listen to it, is beauty.
We sing when we are happy and the body goes with it like waves in the sea”