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What is yoga?

HeadsetYoga is an ancient system of Indian philosophy, thought to be more than 5,000 years old. The word ‘yoga’ originates from the Sanskrit language, and means to unite. The practice  of yoga aims to bring the mind, body and breath into unison, so that we may find a quiet space within ourselves, away from the chaos of the outside world.

The practice of yoga incorporates physical postures, breath control, chanting, meditation and relaxation, and encourages us to develop a healthy, vibrant and balanced approach to living. Yoga postures are designed to improve suppleness and strength, ease tense muscles, to tone the internal organs, and to improve the flexibility of the body’s joints and ligaments.

The affects of yoga are immediate, and may be felt physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Just one practice will provide a good stretch for the muscles, release tension, promote feelings of calm, and improve sleep. The benefits of a regular practice have been shown to include increased strength and flexibility of muscles and joints, reduced blood pressure, improved circulation and digestion, and the alleviation of common conditions such as back pain, headaches and insomnia.

Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness and flexibility. It teaches us to listen to our body and what it needs, and allows us to discover what we are capable of in our own time.

If you would like to experience the benefits of this wonderful philosophy, please come along to a session. You do not need to be supple or fit; all you need to bring is you.