About Yoga and Yoga classes:

Yoga exercises and philosophy have become widely acknowledged for generating many health benefits.

In a stressful world of high tech and fast paced living, more and more people are turning to relaxing yoga to halt the deteriorating influences of contemporary lifestyles.

Yoga practices are based on thousands of years of use. Yoga is not dogmatic, but rather a science for personal evolution. See the list of major types of yoga.

Yoga practitioners find fresh insights into their own consciousness as well as new, healthier outlooks on the world.

The Sanskrit word yoga is translated as 'union' between mind, body and spirit.

In our hectic modern world many people are taking ‘time out’ to practice yoga - a system of philosophy that originated in India 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex or ability.

Yoga offers us a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life. Yoga can also complement medical science and therapy for specific conditions.

You may be drawn to yoga simply for health and fitness, or be seeking relief for a specific physical condition. You might want help with managing stress, or would like pregnancy yoga classes. Whatever your objectives, there are yoga classes that can meet them.

By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you may become aware of subtle changes in your approach to life. In your yoga class you may well begin to glimpse a state of inner peace...your true Nature.

In the West, the most widely taught form of yoga is Hatha Yoga with classes offering students exercises to stretch and flex the body, develop breath awareness, relaxation and sometimes meditation.

Some classes may be low impact while others can be very demanding.

In a typical class, 10-20 minutes is usually given to relaxation, at the beginning and/or the end. Most students lie in 'savasana' (lying on your back).

Many Yoga classes begin with limbering moves and sequences to warm up the muscles and joints.

This prepares the body and mind for asana (posture) work.

Asanas (yoga postures) strengthen and tone the body and improve the flow of energy - regulating physical systems of the body and breath, and stilling the mind for meditation.

The asanas used in a class will vary from teacher to teacher and depend on the abilities of the students. The objective in asana work is not how far you can stretch or contort your body, but to combine stability (stira) with ease/relaxation (sukha).

Simple breathing techniques are taught to develop awareness and relaxation of the breath. These are then developed into 'pranayama' exercises – controlling and moving prana through the breath. Prana means the 'vital' or 'life force energy'.

Not all exercises are suitable for those with respiratory or circulatory conditions, so be sure to advise your teacher if you have a condition before you start a class.

In most yoga classes, discussion and feedback is actively encouraged - don't hold back from asking your tutor questions -

There are a huge variety of meditation techniques and styles. The ones you're most likely to come across will have the objective of stilling the mind by focussing your awareness on a single object – the movement of the breath, an image or candle, a sound or chant.

Not all teachers will include meditation within a class.

Different classes will have a different emphasis – some being more physical, some focussing more on relaxation, breath work and meditation. It's worth speaking to a teacher about their approach before you sign up for a class.

Wear clothing that you find easy to move and stretch in. Most yoga is practised on non-slip mats – you can bring your own or use the ones provided. Be sure to tell your teacher if you have a medical condition before you start your class.


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