"Yogaha chitta vritti nirodha chitta"
'Yoga is the stilling of the
disturbances of the mind'
Definition of Yoga translated from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is union; the word is from the Sanskrit language, meaning to 'yoke' or unite.
Evolving through a rich philosophical history, modern day practice of Yoga often translates as movement and breathing practices carried out with conscious awareness.
The purpose of this is to create a sense of the unity between body and mind, removing obstacles between us and our innate calm and stillness, and allowing us to realise our true inner potential.
How can Yoga help?
When practised with comfort, ease, and awareness, Yoga has the potential to benefit health through relaxation of the mind, an increase in flexibility of the physical body and mental attitude, improved muscle tone and posture, and the relief of aches and pains, to name but a few.
Ultimately, Yoga dissolves our internal barriers and allows us to access our natural state of inner peace. Bringing our attention into the present moment, we discover a sense of inner harmony and balance, which can contribute to an improved sense of wellbeing. This may happen during the practice of Yoga, and if we are lucky these seeds of awareness will begin to flourish in our daily life.
What to expect?
Yoga is shared through classes (currently online), workshops, retreats, and pop-up events in nature. Most sessions will embrace traditional aspects of Hatha Yoga practice including physical postures (Asana), breathing practices (Pranayama), cleansing techniques (Kriyas), and chanting (mantra), woven together with lightness and humour.
All are welcome, including those with no previous experience. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing you can easily move in.
Flexibility and Yoga: many people would like to try Yoga, but believe that they might not be flexible enough and feel too shy or embarrassed to go to class. Does this sounds familiar?
If you can breath and you wish to do Yoga, then you can do Yoga! Your degree of flexibility or how you move your body is not a barrier to you beginning to practice Yoga. Increased flexibility is just one of the common side-effects of regular Yoga practice (as well as better breathing!). So why not start now!
We are passionate about Yoga being accessible to all those who wish to practice, without barriers of financial, religious, or racial origin. Sessions are available for the workplace, events, community, and 1:1 sessions, see details here.