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What is yoga? 

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints),niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara(withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), andsamadhi (absorption).

As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

Do I have to be flexible?

Not at all we meet you where ever you are at and help you and your body gently increase flexibility strength over time.

Do I have to be spiritual or religious?

No. Yoga is for everybody, regardless of age, colour gender or belief system.

What if I am injured?

If you have checked with your doctor or health care provider that yoga is safe for you and your body then you are welcomed to take part in the way that suits you. This may mean taking it super gently.  Please inform me when you come of what injuries you have at the start of the class.

 

What Shall I wear?

Loose comfortable clothing. something you can stretch in and feel comfortable lying down in. Legging/short and a T- shirt. Classesare done on a mat wiht no shoes or socks.

Do I need a mat?

Ideally yes, there are fairly cheap online so good to get your own mat, however there will be mats provided in the class.

What Does Hatha Mean?

The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body—especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and thameaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

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