What is Yoga?
Yoga is a Hindu discipline that is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means union. Hence, yoga is the union of spiritual, mental and physical awareness. Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in 3000 B.C. Hatha yoga, or “yoga of postures” is the most common form of yoga practiced in Western countries. It involves coordinating breath with movement, or the performance of a sequence of “asanas”, which are yoga postures.
Essentially yoga promotes flexibility in both the body AND the mind so you can lead a more balanced lifestyle.
How Does Yoga Help You?
Yoga has many benefits. The most notable include:
- improved flexibility
- better sleep
- improved core stability
- enhanced stress management
- improved overall body strength
- better circulation
- improved postural alignment
- improved digestion
- improved balance
- enhanced body awareness
- greater mental clarity
1. Bussing, A. et al. 2012. Effects of Yoga on Mental and Physical Health: A Short Summary of Reviews. Evidence-Based Alternative Complementary Medicines. 13 (9), 2-10.
2. Ross, A., Thomas, S. 2010. The Health Benefits of Yoga and Exercise: a review of comparison studies. Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine. 16(1), 3-12.
Can You do Yoga if You aren’t Flexible?
Absolutely! Being flexible is not necessary to receive the benefits of Yoga. There are many modifications for each of the poses, that you can be provided. Breathing is the primary focus of yoga. A secondary focus is synchronizing your breath with the movements of your body. So if all you are doing during class is focusing on the quality and pattern of your breath, you are still doing Yoga!
How Do You Know if Yoga is Suitable for You?
Yoga is great for nearly everyone. Male or female, young or old. Flexible or stiff. If you are unsure about your general health and whether it will cope with Yoga please check with your doctor or give us a call to discuss your situation.
What Do You Need to Bring to Yoga Class?
Just yourself, in comfortable clothing, and a towel. Yoga mats and any other props to perform the poses will be provided.
Give Yoga a Try – It’ll Change Your Life!
We look forward to you enjoying the many physical and psychological benefits that yoga provides you shortly.