What is Yoga?
There are many different types of Yoga ranging from the traditional to the obscure.
Patangali describes Yoga in his Yoga Sutras as “Chitti Vritti Nordaha!” The restraint of the modifications of the mind stuff is Yoga. In simple terms Yoga is the stilling of the mind. Therefore Yoga can be so many things; taking a walk in the countryside, going for a swim, rock climbing or sitting in stillness.
The Yoga we do and see in classes or in the media today is ‘Asana’ physical poses or postures. In practicing Yoga through Asana we focus on the posture and the breath, thus stilling the busy chattering of the mind.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
The type of Yoga I teach is Vinyasa Flow Yoga. This is a dynamic style of Yoga that links movement and breath to create heat and energy throughout the whole practice. (So be prepared to sweat).
On a physical level it’s a good aerobic workout that will strengthen and tone the body. It is also great for stretching out tired and tight muscles from other sports or just a long day!
Possibly the greatest benefit is whilst focussing on the movement and breath we still the mind, so it’s a great way to de stress and relax.
All abilities are welcome to my classes whether or not you have done yoga before. Look out for beginners classes, introduction courses and workshops to learn more.
We are all different with different strengths, ailments, body shapes and injuries of old and new. The beauty of Yoga is that it is so accessible to all! Poses can be modified to suit you so that everybody can practice Yoga. My job is to facilitate this so you can be on your way with your Yoga journey!
Yoga & Pregnancy
If you are new to Yoga it is recommended that you look for pregnancy specific classes. If you have practised yoga before and are past the 15 week stage, then come along to a class, just let me know before so I can help you with modifications.