What is Yoga?
Yoga is a collection of knowledge & practices, which function as a complete & holistic science. The word itself meaning ‘union’ with the goal to join together the mind, body and spirit. This is achieved by encompassing all of the many different needs; physical, mental, emotional, community and spirit.
The roots of Yoga start in ancient times drawing from variety of texts, cultures, religions. It has been practiced for thousands of years and, over the years, many different forms have developed. Each different type of yoga has its own emphasis and practices.
Yoga in Schools teachers will follow the aspect of Yoga known as Hatha Yoga, is that concerned with bodily posture and breathing. Hatha Yoga is a therapeutic movement system integrating breath awareness. The movements release tension and stress in the body and develop strength, flexibility and body alignment.
Our classes follow the Eight limb approach to teaching and class structure, incorporating:
- Introduction of Yoga Philosophy (Yamas & Niyamas*)
- These include Peace, Kindness, Acceptance, Gratitude & Non judgment
- Use of postures (Asana*)
- Breathing (Pranayama*)
- Meditation & relaxation (Dhyana*)
(*Sanskrit terms are not commonly used in our classes – see our Yoga & Religion section)