Yoga is an ancient practice that gives us tools to help us with our daily lives. Although yoga dates back over 5,000 years, it still has relevance for us today. Yoga recognises that the body and mind are inextricably linked, and so helps to bring them into harmony; releasing tension from the body can help us to release mental tension, and vice versa. There are many different aspects to yoga, including:
These help us to become stronger and more flexible, and release tension stored in muscles. Asana also works on energy channels within the body.
Pranayama (breathing practices)
Pranayama is comprised of two words “prana” meaning life force, or vital energy and “ayama” meaning extension or expansion. Pranayama practices activate and expand the life force energy within us. Good breathing is the foundation of pranayama, and so we work on breathing properly before moving onto classical pranayama techniques.
In relaxation we consciously relax the muscles of the body to give it a well earned rest.
Yoga has numerous meditation practices, usually focusing on an object or mantra, or simply watching the mind. Although sitting quietly for a period of time sounds easy, meditation can be the most challenging part of a yoga practice.