What is Yoga?

Yoga is a spiritual science of self-realisation, originating in India and goes back over five thousand years. The Indian sage Pantajali defines yoga as “the control of the activities of the mind.” Yoga methods can define and benefit the whole gamut of our existence, from the physical, emotional and mental to the spiritual. Its methods include ethical disciplines, breath control, physical postures as well as meditation.

Yoga practice can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether your aim is to tone up, relax, reduce your stress levels or simply boost your energy levels. There are many styles of yoga, most will focus is on all the elements of the practice, the Breath-work, postures, relaxation of the body and mind. You will learn how to strengthen, tone and relax your body whilst quietening your mind.

benefits of yoga:

  1. Decrease Stress: Yoga helps to reduce the stress in the mind and thereby reduce the effects of stress on the body. Yogic practises can help to balance the production of stress hormones which will help to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, encouraging a balanced, focused state in the mind and body helping to decrease fatigue, increase energy levels and a sense of well-being.
  2. Decrease Pain and Fatigue: Gentle yoga postures can help to ease joint and muscle pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, chronic pain, fibro myalgia, multiple sclerosis etc. Breathing and meditation practises can also assist in reducing physical and emotional pain and fatigue for people with cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and stress related conditions.
  3. Deeper Breathing: Yoga encourages people to take deeper, slower breaths which helps to improve the function of the lungs and the cardiovascular system. Deep breathing also creates a relaxation response in the body, assisting to decrease stress and anxiety.
  4. Flexibility: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, assisting to improve the student’s range of motion and decrease aches and pains in joints and muscles. This can help to improve posture and prevent or manage back and neck pain and stiffness. You do not need to be flexible to start yoga as yoga teaches students how to stretch and strengthen their muscles and flexibility and posture will gradually improve over time.
  5. Increased Strength: Yoga postures help to strengthen and tone all the muscles in the body, improving posture and stability without placing too much stress on the joints.
  6. Weight Management: Yoga even less vigorous styles can assist in weight management by balancing the hormones involved in the metabolic process. Yoga helps to increase your metabolic rate and burn excess calories. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.
  7. Improved Circulation: Yoga helps to improve blood flow around the body, enhancing circulation as it strengthens the cardiovascular system.
  8. Improved Function of Heart and Lungs: Yoga practices enhance the functioning of the cardiovascular system, reducing your risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels and improving endurance and aerobic fitness.
  9. Focus on the Present Moment: Yoga encourages you to live in the present and teaches you techniques to decrease stress and anxiety associated with past or future issues to help you live in the moment and make the most out of life.
  10. Inner Peace: Yoga helps create a balanced peaceful state in the body and the mind enabling people to reach a more spiritual, contented place in their lives.  Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.

What you will learn

Yoga is much more than just exercise; it is a way to establish a healthy, vibrant and balanced approach to living. Learning Yoga will show you that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind, and how taking a holistic approach to your daily life can bring harmony to all that you do. So much can be achieved through learning yoga; we hope that you will be inspired to make it a part of your life