What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Indian system of self replenishment and improvement. It takes into account that a human being is a complex organism of mind, body, emotions and spirit.
Yoga practice is a conscious attempt to combine these elements in order to heal (ie make whole) and realise as much as possible the full potential of each practitioner.
Many people find themselves healthier, calmer and happier even after a short time of consistent practice.
Yoga classes generally consist of several elements:
A series of bodily movements done stationary or dynamically standing, sitting or prone. These influence circulation, breath, the endocrine system and the functioning of the brain.
Yoga has many varied practices to regulate and strengthen breathing. These tend to increase the bodies energies, calm the mind, invigorate the metabolism and connect the subtle to the more physical levels of the being.
These are sometimes confused but are connected in that they involve mind movements more than breathing or posture. Meditation is mostly done in a sitting position while relaxation is primarily done lying down (and is a great favourite among modern students). Chief results are greater contentment, mental calmness and stability and a general background of ease upon which to base a healthier lifestyle.
All the elements are however interconnected, so each class is a total experience and healing itself.