Yoga is a philosophy that originated in India 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex or ability. Yoga offers us a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life.
You can practice Yoga for simple health and fitness, help with managing stress or to embark on a whole new way of life. By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you will become aware of subtle changes in your approach to life. In your yoga class you may well begin to glimpse a state of inner peace….your true Nature.
The Sanskrit word yoga is translated as union, this union being between mind, body and spirit and also between the individual and the Divine/Universe. In the West, the most widely taught form of yoga is Hatha Yoga which involves postures (asanas) to stretch and flex the body, develop breath awareness and control (pranayama), relaxation and meditation.
Asanas strengthen and tone the body and improve the flow of energy – regulating physical systems of the body and breath, and stilling the mind for meditation. The aim in any branch of Yoga is to reach Samadhi, a blissful state at one with the Universe.