WHAT IS YOGA ?
Yoga originated a few thousand years ago in India. Yoga is a Sanskrit word and one of it's many meanings is described as a union or merging of opposites. Hatha Yoga is the name given to the physical forms of Yoga and is very popular in the west. It deals with balance and effort [ha is associated with the sun and tha with the moon]. It is believed that balancing and strengthening the body will in turn balance and focus the mind. There are six branches of Yoga, in the west our yoga practices are mostly inspired by the branch of Hatha. Hatha yoga is practiced in differing ways but each style has the same goal, to bring harmony into the individual practitioner’s life.
The three main components of Hatha Yoga that are concentrated on in the classes that I teach are as follows:-Asana-[body postures] Pranayama-[energy control, using the breath]. Dharana-[concentration and settling of the mind].
If you are flexible it can be enjoyable to stretch your body to it’s full potential, but Yoga is adaptable to every persons needs. Everyone will work within their own given framework. Challenge is good but pressure is not. Three of the main principles of Yoga are:-
.TO CAUSE NO HARM [this most importantly includes ourselves].
. ACCEPTANCE [of what we have and haven’t got, or can or cannot do].
. DISCIPLINE [In order to reach our full potential it takes measured effort and gentle determination].
www.yogastudies.org/teachers-training/viniyoga/ (follow this link for more information on yoga and viniyoga)
All you need to practice Yoga is loose comfortable clothing, a mat, determination, persistence and a sincere desire to bring about personal positive changes. It may be useful to have a warm covering i.e. A blanket for relaxation as body temperature can drop at this stage. A cushion or block for some seated asanas [postures] is also useful for extra comfort.