Yoga is an ancient Indian science and philosophy, which has developed over thousands of years yet is still relevant to and useful for today’s modern lifestyle. Yoga aims to strengthen the body and still the mind to allow you to live a mindful, contented and healthy life.
Western styles of Yoga practice usually combine,
Connection to the breath is central to all Yoga practice and enables you to remain focused in each moment and be more mindful. Yoga is ideal for all ages and levels of fitness, as you are encouraged to work at a pace that is suitable for you and postures can be modified to suit your individual needs. Yoga helps balance the mind and body and students often feel a great sense of well being after practice.
Although not a religion, Yogic texts encourage a peaceful, non-harming lifestyle together with self awareness and mindfulness of action
Regular practice helps you to learn how to be truly present in each moment and thus better able to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Yoga can be a lifetime path towards contentment and happiness.
In the West we tend to practice Hatha Yoga which is part of a broader spectrum of yoga practices. Hatha yoga is a balance of physical exercise with mental discipline leading to the integration and invigoration of body and mind. It consists primarily of poses (asana) designed to increase strength and flexibility, and controlled breathing (pranayama). Movement and breath are used together to help you flow smoothly from one pose to the other.
The many different styles of yoga which you see advertised, such as Iyengar, Sivananda, and Bikram – are all Hatha Yoga.