Yoga is one of India’s ancient gifts to the world. The word ‘yoga’ is a sanskrit word meaning union; the act of bringing together ones mind and body in order to find inner peace and tranquility.
Yoga is not a belief or religion, rather a practical philosophy, a science involving every aspect of a person’s being. It encourages the evolution of the individual through the development of self-discipline and self-awareness.
There are many different yoga practices, from Yantra Yoga (drawing and meditating on mandalas), Mantra yoga (meditating on sounds and phrases) and Hatha Yoga (the yoga of force – all the posture practices we often refer to as yoga). Hatha Yoga is very commonly practiced in the Western world – Ashtanga and vinyasa flow are forms of Hatha Yoga. Hatha yoga involves practising postures (asanas), such as stretches, twists and bends and breathing (pranayama) in order to bring unity and peace within the body and bring self awareness and balance to body and mind.
Yoga in the Modern World
Life can be stressful. Practicing yoga brings a “little bit of calm” and can benefit all people and all ages – for the active and the less active. It can impact positively on the body in bringing, suppleness, mobility, strength and peace.
Life Yoga’s Approach to Yoga
Classes are aimed at all abilities. Students are asked to listen in to THEIR bodies, to practice with welcomed sensations only. Students are asked to work with awareness to their own body. Postures are chosen for their physical benefit to the student. Students are asked to tune in to their breath and tension patterns and techniques gleaned from Somatic, Fascia release and Feldenkrais teachings are blended into lessons with the aim of freeing movement to the practitioner. Classes are taught mindfully, paying attention to the fact that not everyone’s body is the same and everyone has their own limits.
- Whilst it is advised to not eat a huge meal before practice, please ensure you have enough sustainance to participate.
- Wear comfortable clothing that you can move around freely in.
- Bring a yoga mat and any props you may need, and a blanket for relaxation is always a good idea.
- Please let the teacher know beforehand of any injuries or physical conditions you may have, so that classes can be adapted, should they need to be.
- Students should always practice what is right for them, so if they feel that a posture is not for them, they should honour their bodies and stop. Postures are merely suggestions of practice.