Yoga is a series of steps that allow us to live a better life. It works on all aspects of human beings, the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and psychic. Practically, yoga is a way to balance the body, mind and emotions and to bring the body into a harmonious balance. We achieve this by practicing
Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Mudra (Gestures i.e. Hand positions)
Bandha (Locks, tightening)
Shatkarma (purification practices)
Meditation (the practice of meditating)
Some of these practices you may not have heard of and in general the main focus in most yoga classes is not always on all six of these practices, but on a mixture of them.
The deeper you delve into yoga the more you naturally learn, expand your knowledge, and combine all these elements of yoga.
The word Hatha is a combination of two beeja mantras (beeja means seed)
HA-represents prana the vital force
THA -represents the mind, the mental energy. Therefore Hatha means the union of the pranic and mental forces. When the union of the higher forces occur this awakens your higher consciousness.
It can be quite confusing when you are faced with different styles of yoga and you haven't a clue what they are or what is right for you . Below I have compiled a list with a brief description of some the many styles. As Hatha is the main style I teach it has its very own section with a longer explanation above.
Hope this is helpful!
I now have four of my lovely regular students embarking on a deeper journey into the wonderful world of yoga.
Sarah Tuke who has recently started the BWYQ Course with Zoe Knott.
Maria Hunt has recently completed her teacher training.
Louise Burden and Eve Tubby studying the teacher training 3 year course (BWYQ) with Belinda Emberson.
SO proud of you all and happy to have inspired you XXX
See gallery for some lovely photos!
I'm not flexible!!
That's not an issue, that's one of the reasons why you are coming. After a very short time you will see gradual improvements even with a weekly practice.
I don't know what to bring
(Mats can be provided)
Wear layers, bring some water, a blanket for relaxation and a mat (if you have it) We practice yoga barefoot or sometimes people wear grippy yoga socks
How is Yoga different from stretching?
Yoga is much more than physically making shapes. Yoga is different because we connect the breath with the movement of the body and this has a calming affect on the fluctuations of the mind. Connecting the mind, body and breath encourages us to direct our attention inwards and in that stillness we begin to cultivate a self awareness. We then start to begin to learn how to live moment to moment.