What is yoga?

What is yoga?
Yoga means to yoke, to unite. Yoga’s roots can be traced back to over 5000 years. Yoga is not a religion, it is a system to harmonise body, mind and spirit. Moving physically into postures is the most commonly known form of yoga. It is suitable for people of all ages, and you do not have to be super fit and flexible to practice. Postures can be modified to suit your ability.
What to expect in class
Classes may be 60 to 90 mins long with physical postures (asanas) followed by breathing exercises (pranayama) and relaxation, so you should leave feeling refreshed and re-energised. Classes may involve sun salutations, and other postures involving side-bending, forward-bending, back-bending, hip-opening, balances, inversions and twists. These will be standing, sitting or lying down.
What to wear/bring to class
But normally it is best to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Don’t worry about following the latest fashion trends! You might also wish to bring extra layers and a blanket to keep warm when relaxing. You do not need to bring any special equipment (check with the class teacher), but you may want to bring your own mat.
Yoga’s benefits
Yoga has many physical and mental benefits. You may experience some of these immediately, whilst others may develop over time.  Benefits include:

    • Helping you relax
    • Reducing stress
    • Strengthens the body
    • Flexibility increased
    • Posture improved
    • Range of motion increased
    • Improved balance
    • Increased energy levels

Above all, yoga is non-competitive. Therefore, relax and enjoy your journey.

 

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