‘…when the mind and heart are stretched together in expanding self-awareness , I assure you, there is instantaneous self-transcendence and therefore, limitless freedom…’
Sri Swami Nirmalananda
Our aim is to provide a safe space to relax, let go, support, explore and deepen your practice.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is far more than a form of exercise – it is a way of life. It simply means union of our physical mental and spiritual selves. Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance.
Ancient Yogis had a belief that in order for one to be in harmony with oneself and the environment, one has to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. Yoga is a way to achieve and maintain this balance and it is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation- the three main Yoga structures.
Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result in better health. Yoga stretches and tones muscles, improves joint mobility and strengthens the body.
Breathing techniques were developed based on the concept that breath is the source of life. In Yoga, students gain mental and physical control as they slowly deepen their breathing.Breathing techniques also increase lung capacity, aids healing and by focusing on breathing, they prepare the mind for the next step – meditation.
There is a general misconception that in meditation, your mind has to go blank. This is not the case. In meditation, students bring the activities of the mind into focus resulting in a ‘quiet’ mind.
By designing physical poses and breathing techniques that develop awareness of our body, Yoga helps us focus, gain confidence and self belief and relieves us from our everyday stress.
The short answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out and shape up – all at the same time.
For many people, that’s enough of an answer, but there’s more if you’re interested.
For starters, yoga is good for what ails you. Specifically, research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. What’s more, yoga:
Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
Reduces stress and tension
Boosts self esteem
Improves concentration and creativity
Stimulates the immune system
Creates sense of well being and calm
Yoga helps us to get in touch with our true selves in today’s frenetic world.