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WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental & spiritual practice that originated in India dating back over 5000 years.

In more recent years, it has become popular as a form of physical exercise based upon poses that promote improved control of the mind and body and enhance well-being. 

 

Apart from the many physical benefits, one of the most valuable benefits of yoga is enabling a person to manage stress. Stress can reveal itself in the physical body in many ways, from headaches, back pain, insomnia, addiction etc... Becoming aware that our physical pain could stem from emotional pain and stress is a fundamental key to healing. 

 

The Magical Benefits of Yoga...

 

  • Improves muscle flexibility, strength and posture

  • Increases your energy

  • Weight control/loss

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves your breath

  • Improves concentration and helps you think clearer

  • You become more mindful 

  • You will live longer (the most important)

  • Improves sleep

WHAT IS HATHA YOGA?

The word Hatha means “forceful” or “willful” in sanskrit. ‘ha’ means sun (masculine) ‘tha’ meaning the moon (feminine). Hatha Yoga is the union between the polarities. We will harmonise left and right, masculine and feminine and our outer and inner thoughts. By holding our postures and keeping still using breathing techniques, we help slow down the body and mind. 

 

There are 6 paths of yoga, Hatha is the only path which is physical. A hatha class typically involves breathing techniques (pranayama), bodily postures (asanas), meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a stronger and healthier body, as well as a clear and peaceful mind.

 

Hatha is a branch of yoga which is much slower than other styles like Vinyasa and Ashtanga. There are lots of asanas in hatha yoga all of which have variations, ensuring EVERY body can take part. The asanas work to make the spine supple and promote circulation in all the organs, glands and tissues. The postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.

 

Hatha yoga is suitable for all levels. 

WHAT IS YIN YOGA?

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga which incorporates principals of traditional Chinese medicine with asanas. A passive and peaceful practice with mainly seated and supine postures. Yin compliments the more YANG styles like Hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga and power yoga. 

 

In Yin yoga we work with the fascia (connective tissue) which is stimulated and becomes more fluid, stronger and flexible. Asanas in Yin yoga are held for longer periods of time, generally from 45 seconds (beginners) to 5 minutes plus (advanced).

 

Within this style of yoga you have the opportunity to free deep trauma/emotions/tensions in your body, as well as freeing blocked energy emotionally, physically and mentally. Yin yoga calms the parasympathetic nervous system making you feel rested and relaxed.

Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels.

WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?

Yoga Therapy is for EVERY body!!

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals towards improved health and wellbeing through the teachings and practices of yoga. Together we work as a team to establish the root cause of the problem, we will look for ways to help reduce or manage your symptoms, improving your wellbeing. A yoga therapist applies the techniques of yoga with knowledge about a specific problem, experience, and intuition to help alleviate that problem (whether it's physical, mental or spiritual). It can also be for  someone who is seeking to improve their life experience. In this fast paced world, yoga therapy can provide balance emotionally, physically and spiritually. Whatever brought you here, yoga therapy could answer those questions you have been searching for. 

"Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner.  Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels." 

 

~TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar~

yoga teaches you how to listen to your body 

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