natarajasanaYoga, from the Sanskrit root “Yuj” has been given many definitions. Yuj itself means union but Yoga has also been described as holding the senses steady, one-pointed meditation, skill in action and evenness. In the Yoga Sutras of the Sage Patanjali, it was described as “citta vrtti nirodha”, “the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”.

Although the yoga tradition is thousands of years old, these definitions are just as applicable in the present day, not only in India but across the world as demonstrated by its increasing popularity. Yoga can be considered to be a way of life, a philosophy, a science, even an art..

Through the practice of yoga, we take our attention on a journey of inner discovery and find in ourselves a greater self-awareness. Yoga teaches us how to connect the breath with movement in order to bring the body and mind into a balanced state. By moving the body through a sequence of yoga asanas (postures) with the breath we are able to release toxins, muscular and emotional tensions and stress. The combination of physical movement and breath work also builds stamina and strength.

With a steady yoga practice we soon discover better health, calmer minds, increased energy levels, better sleep patterns and a general feeling of wellbeing. Yoga asanas are also often practiced alongside pranayama (breathwork) and meditation which help us further connect the body, breath and mind.

Yoga is a complete system for personal development which promotes better physical and spiritual health. It is a holistic approach to life and can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, gender, religious background…. So why not come along and try Yoga for yourself?