Yoga is an ancient discipline, dating back over 5000 years. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language) word yuj which means yoke, and is often translated to “Union”.
In our practice of Yoga we are seeking to create Union with our true Self. We consciously unite the mind and body during our practice, using our breath as the thread that interconnects and knits them together.
In this way we can experience the world in the present, bringing us a greater sense of peace in the now.
Yoga also stands for our union with the wider world; it re-connects us to the understanding that we are part of a whole, something much bigger than ourselves as individuals, all of us coming from and part of the same earth.
Our personal practice of Yoga is very often just the beginning of a journey that expands like a ripple effect. The philosophies and practices we engage in on our mat enable us to grow and learn; gradually taking these lessons off the mat and into our lives.
How can yoga help me?
Builds strength and develops flexibility
Improves muscle tone
Improves respiration, energy and vitality
Learn to unwind and relax
Improves circulation and lowers blood sugar
Improves bone health
Lowers blood pressure
Relaxes and maintains the nervous system
“Although yoga has its origins in ancient India, its methods and purposes are universal, relying not on cultural background, faith or deity, but simply on the individual. Yoga has become important in the lives of many contemporary Westerners, sometimes as a way of improving health and fitness of the body, but also as a means of personal and spiritual development.”