What is Yoga?

Yoga is a simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness, so that the mind becomes a dynamic centre of direct perception that’s capable of actually experiencing truth. By practicing step by step methods of Yoga, taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds or through blind faith, we come to know our oneness with infinite intelligence, power, and joy. This is what gives life to all and is the essences of our own Self.

Yoga Experience
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In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga promote the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. Yoga is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.

Yoga classes will introduce the student to the basic principles of alignment and technique, while slowly stretching and strengthening the body with the use of props. We emphasise on stretching the hamstrings, hips, shoulders and spine – with focus on the standing poses.

Gentle Yoga classes are structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are often used for safe practice, which allows the body to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Floor work will be optional and those with medical conditions need to please check with your physicians if they have any concerns about you attending yoga classes.

The Purpose of Yoga

Traditionally, yoga was practised and developed to open your body and clear your mind. It was developed so that one can sit and meditate without dwelling on a stiff back or congestion in your thought process. It is also used so that you are free and clear to focus your attention on the deeper imperative questions of life like: ‘who am I?’ ‘what is my purpose?’, ‘why do I exist?’ and to seek out the answers of these questions.

On the mat, the serious yoga practitioner is the embodiment of focus, discipline, and unwavering concentration. He or she is devoted to the perfection of the asana (poses) and he or she challenges both mind and body to achieve a ‘higher state of being’.

Benefits of Yoga
  1. Improves your flexibility
  2. Builds muscle strength
  3. Perfects your posture
  4. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
  5. Protects your spine
  6. Improves your bone health
  7. Increases your blood flow
  8. Drains your lymph’s and boosts immunity
  9. Increases your heart rate
  10. Drops your blood pressure
  11. Regulates your adrenal glands
  12. Makes you happier
  13. Founds a healthy lifestyle
  14. Lowers blood sugar
  15. Helps you focus
  16. Relaxes your system
  17. Improves your balance
  18. Maintains your nervous system
  19. Releases tension in your limbs
  20. Helps you sleep deeper
  21. Boosts your immune system functionality
  22. Gives your lungs room to breathe
  23. Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
  24. Gives you peace of mind
  25. Increases your self-esteem
  26. Eases your pain
  27. Gives you inner strength
  28. Connects you with guidance
  29. Helps keep you drug free
  30. Builds awareness for transformation
  31. Benefits your relationships
  32. Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses
  33. Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye
  34. Keeps allergies and viruses at bay
  35. Helps you serve others
  36. Encourages self-care
  37. Supports your connective tissue
  38. Uses the placebo effect, to affect change
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