Yoga originates from the Sanskrit word "yui," meaning to unite or come together, reflecting its aim to integrate various aspects of our being, fostering wholeness. It teaches presence in every action and moment, offering multiple paths to achieve unity, whether through physical asana practice, study, reading, or meditation.

In our classes, we focus on Hatha yoga, derived from Sanskrit where "ha" symbolizes the Sun, dynamism, and masculinity, while "tha" represents the Moon, passivity, and femininity. Hatha embodies the balance and interaction of these complementary forces, combining vigorous discipline involving body, breath, and mind. Despite its intense nature, Hatha yoga also cultivates awareness of subtle energies.

Ultimately, yoga aims to elevate, transcending ignorance to wisdom, sickness to health, and the lower to the higher aspects of existence.

Hands-of-Buddha
Hands joined together in a heart shape

Benefits of yoga

When practiced with mindfulness, yoga becomes a profoundly healing and transformative endeavour. It operates on multiple levels - physical, mental, and spiritual - impacting various bodily systems including muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminative, endocrine, nervous, energy, mental, and emotional systems. By engaging in yoga, we cultivate the ability to sense and heed our body's cues, directing our focus inward to access the vastness and wisdom of our inner intelligence, our ultimate teacher.

The benefits of yoga are diverse and individual, with potential outcomes ranging from person to person. Some of these benefits include:

  • develop stamina and strength
  • become more supple and flexible
  • improve your posture
  • increase self awareness, confidence, mental clarity and focus
  • increase lung capacity
  • reduce heart rate
  • feel inner peace and calm
  • reduce stress and improve ability to cope with everyday stress
  • increase energy levels
  • and much more

β€œYoga is skill in action.”

Bhagavad Gita Ch.2V.50