What is yoga?

Yoga is the perfect antidote for the modern world

Yoga combines mind, body, breath and energy.
There is a magical quality that makes yoga different from Western ‘workouts’.
Yoga brings inner-strength, clarity and calm.
Yoga is for everyone: men, women, kids, teens, through to seniors, mothers-to-be and new mums.
Taking your first step onto the yoga mat is an exciting new beginning.
Whichever style or class you go with, we believe that the best way to start is with the guidance of experienced, professional teachers.
Building a solid foundation is the most important part of your yoga practice.

Meaning of Yoga

The true meaning of Yoga is the union of body, mind, soul, and spirit. According to Yoga, we suffer because of not knowing our true Self and because of the illusion of separation of our individual consciousness from Universal Consciousness or Brahman.

The Yoga Sutras are a practical textbook to guide your spiritual journey of remembering.

The Yoga Sutras outline the ‘eight limbs of yoga’:

Yama (moral codes for living with the self and others)

Niyama (self-purification and self-study)

Asana (postures)

Pranayama (breath control)

Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses or sense control)

Dharana (concentration)

Dyana (meditation)

Samadhi (reaching a state of Oneness with the Universe)

Every time you step on to your yoga mat,  you connect to and become part of an evolving and powerful, ancient tradition.  Yoga is the ultimate exercise and method of self improvement.

Benefits of yoga

Yoga offers a myriad of benefits physically, mentally and emotionally to help us live our lives to the fullest.

Health maintenance and illness prevention
  
•    decreases blood pressure
•    lowers the pulse rate
•    massages all the internal glands and organs of the body

Complete detoxification
•    improves circulation by gently stretching muscles and joints and massaging internal organs
•    transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body
•    flushes toxins from the system and supports the bodies natural detoxification

Weight reduction and muscle toning
•    strengthens and tones the core
•    increases muscle definition throughout the body
•    stimulates weak or lazy muscles
•    increases metabolism so fat is converted to muscle and energy

Mental and emotional benefits
•    reduces level of stress hormone, cortisol
•    calms and quietens the nervous system, reducing long-term stress levels
•    increases neurotransmitter dopamine, which lifts the mood to create a feeling of happiness and harmony
•    gives the opportunity for introspection and inner-awareness