Yoga has many forms and the origin of Yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago where mention in the sacred ancient Indian texts of the Rig Veda.
Originating from Northern India the practice of yoga was a guide steps into the 8-Limbed path containing the steps towards obtaining Samadhi or enlightenment. A regular practice of Yoga adds many benefits to our everyday life.
Yoga began to travel to the West in the late 1800s as we were first introduced to Hatha Yoga.
Over the years there have been many additions to Yoga practiced in Western Society including Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram and more.
Although, the Yoga we practice is largely based around asanas (postures) it is believed that the purpose of these postures is to strengthen, balance and provide flexibility in our bodies so we are able to sit still comfortably for an extended period to meditate, thus reaching Samadhi.
An antidote to stress, yoga comes in many forms and studies have supported the benefits and healing this can bring to individuals such as;
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These are 5 vows and practices which are concerned with how we interact in this world.
These usually refer to duties that are directed towards ourselves
Postures, this is the physical aspect of yoga. Postures are refered to as the path to freedom. Many forms, seating, standing, balancing, bending, twisting all help our mind and body in a number of ways. Inevitably, the idea of the asanas is to be able to sit in comfort so we're not in any physical pain.
Prana is referred to as energy or life-force, the essence that keeps us alive. In this sense, 'Prana' also describes the breath, and 'yama' in this context is defined as control - 'Prana-yama' or 'breath-control'.
Breathing techniques, working and altering the way we breathe has a huge impact on the mind and energy body. The physical act to control our breath can transform our state of being, changing the way we feel and think.
Pratya means to withdraw while 'Ahara' refers to anything we 'take in' (using our senses). Withdrawing the senses, which in a meditative state we take our focus within, this may include focusing on our breathing.
The aim is to become so absorbed on what we are focusing on so anything outside of ourselves no longer bothers us, thus enabling a mediation without distraction.
Dharana means 'focused concentration', similar to the above as the essentials parts have the same aspect. Once withdrawing the senses we direct all our attention to a certain point of concentration intently.
Often, in this practice we use candle gazing, guided visualisation and focusing on the breath.
Dhyana is the meditative absorption where we are in a complete state of meditation. Essentially, meditation is the part where we let go of all the above, without even a thought.
Enlightenment or bliss, which is the final step, often described incorrectly as a state of ecstasy. Samadhi is not about finding a form of escapism, it's more so about realising the very life that lies in front of us.
An ability to 'see equally' without disturbances of the mind in the form of judgement, emotions, beliefs, feels, preferences, opinions, attachment, etc. The acceptance of what is, 'is-ness' is the pure knowledge of seeing all life for exactly what it is.
Introduced by B. K. S. Iyengar this practice was developed over 75 years and is firmly based on the 8-limbs of yoga taught over 2,500 years ago.
Iyengar Yoga is for everybody, it is a way of life - using detailed instructions, knowledge, teacher demonstrations and adaptive postures the intention is to make yoga available and accessible for all.
The practice will improve your physical, mental and spiritual health. Improving energy, strength, sleep while preventing disease, alleviating stress and physical pain.
Yin yoga has been practised for centuries in Asia and is known as Daoist Yoga introduced 2000 years ago specific to Kung Fu practitioners.
Yin is a series of passive floor poses usually held for 4 minutes which improves the body in many ways including to balance the organs, improve joint mobility, release fascia, balancing the body.
There are four main principles to be mindful of when practicing yin.
- Find the edge (not pain) - remain still - hold the position - come out gently -
Yin improves our organ and muscle health, along with increasing benefits to our mental health.
Restorative yoga is gentle, supportive and relaxing. Practiced using supportive props like yoga straps, blocks and bolsters, focusing on long holds and deep breathing, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing your body to come into a state of rest and restore.
Restorative yoga is very gentle and is great to practice at any time, especially in the evening before bed.
We created a 20-minute restorative practice available which you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Ashtanga was created by T. Krishnamachraya in the early 1900's.
Since the late 1990s this is now considered on of the most popular forms of yoga in the Western World. The word 'Ashta' refers to 8 while 'Anga' means limb, 'Ashtanga' therefore is the union of the 8-Limbs of Yoga which is integrated in to the yoga practice.
Known as a very dynamic and athletic form of hatha yoga, a successful ashtanga practice will consistent of the Ujjayi breath, a focal point, synchronicity of breath and movement, 'body locks' - holding strong postures, beginning and closing the practise with chanting mantras, the practice is performed six days per week with Saturday utilized as the rest day.
Is a less structured form of Ashtanga, where we link movement with the inhale and exhale of each breath in yoga sequence which is primarily focused on continuous movement.
This flow of movement is commonly practiced to raise your heart rate.
A 'vinyasa' is also a cue to move through a 4 pose sequence linking with your breath
- inhale to plank - exhale to chaturanga - inhale to upward dog - exhale to downward dog -
Vinyasa is a powerful practice which increases strength, flexibility, calm and focus.
Kundalini was introduced in the late 70's by Yogi Bhajan.
Kundal translates to coiled energy, this energy is thought to be gathered at the base of the spine. Using a combination of breath, movement and sound the idea is that we use techniques to bring the energy up our spine through the seven chakras and out the crown of our head.
This practice increases our self-awareness while unblocking our chakras so that energy can flow.
Bikram was invented by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970's.
This is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing techniques performed twice in the exact order for 90 minutes in a room heated to at least 40 degrees.
Encouraging practitioners to sweat out negative emotions, pushing themselves during the session building resilience.
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