About Yoga

What is Yoga?

Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago, its survival and growth around the world through the passage of time is testament to its positive health benefits.

Yoga means ‘to unite’ or ‘to be whole’. Yoga is an ancient philosophical discipline, harmonising the mind, body and soul.

At first glance Yoga may appear to be little more than a series of strange physical poses, which keep the body supple and well toned.  But in actual fact Yoga is all about bringing the mind as well as the body into a state of harmony.  By the constant stretching and relaxing of muscles and the practice of yogic breathing the ‘whole being’ is energised  and the mind is gradually brought under the control of the will.

 ‘The tragedy of Yoga is that most people come to it too late in life’!
Liz Davies 2010

‘On studying all the philosophies, I have come to the conclusion that none is more worthy of study as the Yoga philosophy’.
Siva Samhita 1.17

Why do Yoga?

  • Anyone can practice Yoga, no matter their age, fitness level, flexibility or body weight.
  • Yoga is a wholly balanced way to exercise and creates a strong body for the conscious mind to live in.
  • Learning to control the breath through various exercises (pranayama) is a major part of yoga practice. Controlling the breath helps greatly in the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol which is responsible for creating anxiety.
  • The practice of meditation, or mindfulness, along with relaxation helps to bring quietness to the ever busy mind.
  • Learning to relax and ‘let go’ during meditation (sitting) and relaxation (lying down) is a complete revelation to the majority of new yoga students. We have become so far removed from our natural state that many of us can no longer function properly anymore. Yoga brings us back to quietness and helps us to relax, unwind and to see things as they truly are.
  • You do not have to be bendy to practice yoga!  It’s not about standing on your head but about standing on your own two feet.  You simply need to find the right class for you from ‘chair yoga’ to ‘hot yoga’.
  • Practicing yoga on a regular basis helps keep the body physically fit and mobile into later life.

‘Grace, beauty, strength and energy adorn the body through Yoga’
Yoga Sutra 111.47