Yoga

What is yoga?

Yoga works to integrate and harmonize the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of one’s life. Yoga has many health benefits and promotes a feeling of wellbeing and peace.

“Inner Serenity” draws mainly from Hatha and Raja Yoga styles of yoga. Yoga is not a religion, but rather a way of life based on ancient Vedic and Tantric practices originating in India over ten thousand years ago. Today’s yoga is grounded in tradition and adapted to suit the needs of today’s modern lifestyle. It provides everyone, regardless of social and educational background, with the tools to achieve physical wellbeing, peace of mind and a vision to move forward.

Stress and disease can be relieved by awakening a person’s own awareness and self-healing powers. By balancing the emotions and the mind, we gain a more integrated and grounded sense of perspective, bringing a feeling of peace, freedom and inner strength.


What happens in a yoga class?

You will be introduced to yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation and deep relaxation through yoga nidra. Exercises are simple, low impact and non- competitive.  You are encouraged to move at your own pace and listen to your body. Adult classes run for one to one and a half hours duration. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the class.

Asanas- Postures
Asanas (Yoga Postures) revitalize the body, improve your health, flexibility and remove pranic (energy) blockages and tension.  Asanas are explored in an atmosphere of awareness. You are encouraged to work within your own range of movement and never place too much stress on your body or over strain.

Pranayama- Breathing Practices
Breathing practices are a very important part of the class. The aim of pranayama is to awaken, balance and expand the prana or life force in the body. Pranayama is also useful for increasing relaxation and reducing mental and emotional problems. Pranayama begins with natural breath awareness and progresses through deep, relaxed breathing to a variety of tranquillizing and vitalizing practices.

Meditation
Meditation expands awareness and develops calmness, serenity and focus. Meditation also enhances concentration and develops willpower and resistance to stress. It allows us to become more detached from what is going on around us and helps us still the constant chattering in our mind. In Yoga, meditation techniques are taught very systematically, and over a course of sessions cover body awareness, breath awareness, inner observation and mantra (sound).

Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a simple guided meditation practiced lying down in shavasana, the relaxation pose. It is a very popular  practice for yoga students. It involves a systematic relaxation of all layers of being, from the physical through to the psychic. Yoga Nidra  provides an extremely relaxed experience in which the body and mind sleep, but the awareness remains active, a stage where you are not quite awake and yet not asleep: like dreaming while still awake.

                 
Who can do yoga?

YOGA is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and for people who come from many different walks of life. Yoga classes can provide access to a wide range of traditional yogic practices.  It provides one with the tools and skills to better manage life’s journey.

Please tell your yoga teacher about any health issues or injuries so that you will get the most benefit from your yoga class.

   

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