Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WHAT IS YOGA?



The word ‘Yoga’ means to bind or ‘to yoke’. It comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ - so in Yoga we bind the spirit and the physical body together.

In the practice of Yoga, our body is linked to the movement of the mind and the breath to bring about a feeling of balance, harmony and relaxation.

Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. There are different schools of Yoga available, from Hatha Yoga, which is great for beginners - to a more vigorous and athletic style of Ashtanga Yoga. Bikram, which is consistent poses in a hot room (105 degrees). Iyengar is a focus on structure, using props such as blocks or straps, and then there is Yin Yoga, a slow class that will take you deeper than you have ever gone.

So there is a style of Yoga out there to suit each and every individual.

The practice of physical postures (Asana) helps to improve a variety of ailments, it strengthens and tones muscles and helps develop flexibility.

Various movements in the practice of Yoga help to nourish and cleanse the remotest parts of the body, helping to release toxins from our body. Psychologically, Yoga increases concentration, stills the mind and promotes an overall feeling of tranquillity and contentment.

The teaching of Yoga reminds us of who we aspire to be and what human beings are truly capable of becoming. Being a working mum teaching Yoga full time and taking care of my family has taught me to be patient, to have an open mind, to be kind and have compassion. Because Yoga is a way of life, it is here to remind of us of our true nature.

Everybody can practice Yoga, from the young to the old, children, people with minor complaints and various problems, both physical and mental.

When you begin on your Yoga path, your body and mind may feel stiff and unyielding, but you will walk out of the class feeling much more space in your body and a quiet mind, a slower and deeper breath, therefore radiating an inner peace and calmness.

It is best to practice Yoga on a regular basis, but we can have busy lifestyles and do not always make the time. Even if you were to practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice, but of course if you do more than once a week, you can expect to feel more benefits.

Once you begin your practice, your body will begin to crave it more and more, even doing just 20 minutes a day is just fine.

Many times people have asked me if Yoga is a religion. Yoga is not a religion; it is a philosophy that began in India some 5000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice Yoga.

Do not worry if you are not a naturally flexible ‘bendy’ person; your Yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

As you become more flexible, you will also be balanced by strength and coordination, enhanced cardiovascular health and overall well being.

To practice Yoga, you do not need fancy running shoes or expensive clothes. All you need is a mat, your mind, your body, a sense of curiosity and a smile.

My name is Vanessa and I have been teaching Yoga for 10 years and practicing for 15 years. My passion for Yoga deepens every time I step on my mat.

I began my teaching training in the USA with Baron Baptiste, in Power Vinyasa Flow and have also completed my 200-hour Ashtanga Teacher RYS in Rishikesh, India.

My love for Yoga shows through my teaching.

My classes run at the Retreat Spa on Fridays 10.30am to 12.00pm.
I am also available for private Yoga sessions to meet your needs.

"Namaste."


For further details please contact the Retreat Spa Reception on Tel: +357 26 82 81 00 or Email:  spareception@aphroditehills.com 

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