Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing body, mind and spirit.
The ancient yogis developed a system of yoga postures and breathing techniques which allows the practitioner to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically into a more complete human being.
Yoga is not a religion. It is a way of bringing harmony within diversity and respects all cultures, creeds and nations. It nurtures the higher instincts of humanity – compassion, co-operation and peace. The word YOGA is a Sanskrit word which means to ‘yoke or unite’ and is the root of the English verb to yoke. Yoga seeks to harness the energy of the body and mind and use it more beneficially and implies harmony and balance between all aspects of creation.
People are drawn to Yoga for a variety of reasons. Perhaps as a way of keeping their bodies fit and supple, relief for specific complaints, relaxation or just a need to identify with their true nature.
Yoga postures, or asanas, exercise every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and joints, the spine and the entire skeletal system. They work on the internal organs, glands and nerves. By releasing physical and mental tension vast resources of energy are released.
Yoga breathing techniques known as pranayama revitalise the body, aids concentration, and helps to quieten the mind leaving you calm and refreshed.
Yoga is a way of life and an ongoing process. With practice anyone can achieve greater physical stamina and flexibility, deep concentration, clarity, peace of mind and a feeling of well being.