FAQ’s

WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga Sutras 1:2

YOGA is the cessation of the modifications, or fluctuations of the mind.

Originating in India over two thousand years ago, Yoga is recognised as a system of mental, physical and spiritual practices that work with the body, breath and mind. The goal, through this union of physical postures (asana), breathing patterns (pranayama) and meditation (Dhyana), is to cultivate health, wellbeing and a calming of the mind. Many styles exist in yoga – some styles can offer a more physical challenge, while others can offer a much slower, static and mediative approach.
Ultimately, Yoga is and can be many things to many people, with the individual finding a path to the benefits that chime with them most.

But what do these words even mean??

PRANAYAMA

“Pranayama” refers to breathing techniques and the focusing of the breath. Pranayama can be used to induce states of calm or invigoration.

ASANA

When you think of “Yoga”, it is the “Asana” (the physical postures) that will most likely come to mind. Yoga is much, much more than just the physical posture – But “Asana” is the name for the physical postures.

DHYĀNA

“Dhyāna” is the sanskrit word for what we in the west call “Meditation”. An activity where the individual trains awareness and attention to nurture a mentally clear and calm state. It can be practised in many ways – in stillness, in movement, in quiet, with sound, with visualisation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?

STRENGTH

BALANCE

CALM

FLEXIBILITY

HEALTH

SLEEP

Yoga has many benefits for both body and mind. Physically it builds strength, flexibility and balance. Biologically it can help reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. It stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System leading to mental health benefits such as stress reduction, a sense of calm and wellbeing, a brighter outlook and better sleep.
Western Science is taking a good look at Yoga & meditation, confirming through many studies what ancient India already knew for over two thousand years – Yoga is good for you!

WHAT TO BRING TO A CLASS?

An open mind, a yoga mat, a water bottle and clothing that you feel comfortable and can move freely in. An extra layer, like a hoodie or a sweater for the end of class Savasana (relaxation period) to keep warm is a good idea. Props such as yoga blocks and straps are provided to use during class.

YOGA MAT

COMFORT

WATER

LAYER

WHAT KIND OF CLASS CAN I EXPECT?

MOVE

BREATHE

MEDITATE

You can expect classes that are small, easy going, accessible and beginner friendly. There will be relaxed vinyassa’s, with the occasional challenge to work toward, breathing practices to wind things down and short meditations to take a mental break. Expect to breathe, move and meditate.

Classes might be for you if you’re looking for…

Beginner friendly

Relaxed classes

Body, Breath, Mind

But not for you if you’re looking for…

An advanced asana practice

Strong Vinyassa

All physical

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