What is Yoga?

The word Yoga means union, union of body, mind and soul. Yoga incorporates the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace and liberation. People turn to yoga for different reasons such as; managing one’s stress, helping overall health, healing the body from past injuries, helping a bad back or simply for general physical fitness. Yoga can help anyone, and you will continue to learn from Yoga, and yourself throughout life. It is a life long journey of self awareness and knowledge.

In a typical yoga class you will work through some physical postures and exercise to help strengthen and flex the body. During the lesson you will work with breath, connecting the external movement to the internal breath to connect body and mind. To bring the awareness back in to yourself. Throughout our daily activities we spend most of our time in our thoughts, and often worrying and stressing. Yoga helps us to practice being in the moment and seeing the bigger picture. Coming back to breath and self helps us to remember our true nature and what life is really about… to have fun!

There are many types of Yoga on offer these days. This is great and each individual should find their own paths and teachers. For me yoga is just simply yoga. My classes are Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga describes the physical practices of yoga. Yoga has eight limbs, only one of these parts involves the physical exercises (asanas). Hatha yoga practices involve specific structured postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) to help purify the body and mind to bring everything back to balance. I also teach Vinyasa yoga which mean ‘flowing’ through the asanas with breath. I will tailor each class to work with the individual needs of the participants. I run different types of classes which you can find out more on my classes page. I also run yoga parties and workshops.

“Very relaxed, informal classes for all abilities. The classes have helped me focus, relax and stretch!” – Ingrid, aged 42, Gillingham, Kent.

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