What is Yoga?

We truly believe yoga is for everyone and encourage anyone to practice yoga regardless of their personal background.

Yoga is a holistic practice offering a number of benefits both physical and mental. This includes reduced physical and mental tension, muscle strength and tone, improved posture, greater flexibility and better energy flow.  Yoga will also improve your respiration, circulation, digestion and nervous system.

Classical Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a particular style of Yoga that comprises of Asana, Pranayama and Relaxation.  During our Beginners Course we explore all of these three aspects of Hatha Yoga.

Asana – Steady Posture

Asanas stretch and tone the muscles and joints, the spine, and the entire skeletal system.  It not only works on the body’s frame but also massages the internal organs, rejuvenates the glands, and brings a rich supply of nutrients and oxygen to the nerves.  Yoga exercise aims to keep all systems in radiant health.

Pranayama – Breath Control

Pranayama is the science of breath control and consists of a series of exercises to control the vital energy within the body.  It steadies the mind, bringing clarity and radiant health both physically and mentally.  Many people only use a fraction of their potential lung capacity and often lack Prana

Savasana – Proper Relaxation

Proper relaxation allows the body to take on the effects of yoga postures and gives the body time to recharge and retain vital energy, Tension is released  increasing the flow of energy through the body.

Other areas of yoga include: Jhana Yoga (yoga philosophy), Raja Yoga (yoga of meditation), Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion), Karma Yoga (yoga of service) and Yogic Diet (vegetarian diet).  We naturally take to particular aspects of yoga more than others based on our temperament or interests.   Although a combination of yoga practices can also lead to a healthy lifestyle.