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Yoga

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

                                                                                                                                                                B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga is a holistic solution to create a sense of wellness. Yoga is deeply healing as you connect with your breath (Pranayama), your body (Asanas), your mind (Dyana), your Spirit (Kriya) and experience alignment creating an enhanced sense of control at all levels. Yoga requires no pre-qualifications ! Everyone, irrespective of age, sex, religion or physical health can practice Yoga. Only requirement is a desire and commitment to improve yourself, have fun learning new skills and expand your consciousness. In the hands of a competent teacher you are safe and you will experience Yoga not just as an exercise, but a holistic healing process in its true sense - an ancient science which has inherent potential to unleash ‘Sat, Chit Ananda’ ( Truth, Consciousness, Bliss) - within you.

History of Yoga:

“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science from India, deals with the evolution of humanity. In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common literal sense. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual. Yoga is not a religion. The Yoga practices of self awareness, self-training, and self-discovery are non-sectarian, and are compatible with all religions. Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness. With Yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years and improve the quality of our lives. Modern Yoga practices are derived from the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patajali’ documented from materials about yoga from older traditions dating back to 400 CE.

Who is Eligible for Yoga:

Just about Everybody!

In this fast-paced, constantly moving world, practicing yoga allows you time to stop and just be aware of where you are and how you feel. It is a time to be one with your body, and let go of all the distractions and worries of the outside world. People of all ages can start practising Yoga, but is important to do so under a qualified teacher. And it doesn’t matter how flexible you are or whether you can touch your toes – this is not a barrier to practicing yoga. It is not so much what you can do but how you do it – it’s the quality of your attention and working at your personal ‘edge’ that counts. Our students understand that it is a waste of time being competitive and comparing themselves to others. You can forget about what everyone else is doing, put aside all the stresses and ‘stuff’ of life we usually identify with and just focus on yourself, deeply experiencing your true subtle eternal self and just be free. How liberating!

Yoga Styles and Classes:

We teach two distinct styles of yoga:

Hatha yoga is a traditional and powerful style, a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment. This type of Yoga begins by working with the body on a structural level, aligning the vertebrae, increasing flexibility, and strengthening muscles and connective tissue. It tones the internal organs; the digestive, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems are purified of waste matter; the nervous and endocrine systems are balanced and toned; and brain cells are nourished and stimulated. This results in increased mental clarity, emotional stability, and a greater sense of well-being.

Testimonial

"I have tried so many different yoga classes in the area over the years and these classes are some of the best I have been to, really relaxed and good fun. A good mix of abilities so nobody feels under any pressure."

                                                                                                                    Vivek Kakkar.  Mortgage Consultant.

Vinyasa Yoga style is also called ‘flow yoga’, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale. This style allows for a lot of variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect movement, not just stretching.

For details on our Classes, read ' Our Classess' on Home Page
  • One to One Alignmnent Yoga Class
  • Mixed Ability Flow Yoga Class
  • Kids Fun Yoga Class
  • Couples Love Yoga Class
  • Yoga for the Elderly

All classes are held at our vibrant and comfortable Yoga Wellness Studio in Kenley, CR8 5BQ. Book NOW Special Season Package of 3 months, September 2018 to November 2018 for £85 only! ( unlimited sessions on all Yoga classes)* - Terms and Conditions apply.

What to expect:

Suitable for beginners and more experienced yogis, our classes are best described as challenging but accessible. We also offer one to one bespoke sessions. Each week we focus on a different theme or area of the body such as hips, twists, balances or the core with variations of postures to suit all abilities. Everyone is encouraged to work within their own limits - no-one is ever put under any pressure to do a posture. People of all ages join our classes for a variety of reasons; your neighbours on the mat, runners and cyclists with tight hamstrings; people suffering from back pain, scoliosis or stress or just those who really enjoy the many benefits that yoga brings. The beauty of Yoga is that people often come for the stretch, and leave with a lot more. While doing yoga we are more ourselves, and more than ourselves.

Specialist Yoga Workshops on Weekdays and Weekend Retreats.

We offer a variety of Half day workshops on weekdays or full day Retreats on Saturdays. Workshops are designed by a purposeful blending of few complementing styles of wellbeing practices based on our client profile and feedback. These are meant for those who are seeking to make a deeper commitment to themselves and willing to dive into the beauty of the unknown, open to receiving. As we prefer to work with a maximum group size of 12 people, the places go quickly. Register your interest for our Specialised Yoga Workshops and Retreats by sending us an email to info@yogawellness.studio today!

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has a sly, clever way of short-circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.

Regular practice of yoga can help you to:
  • Increase strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Improve posture
  • Tone the body
  • Improve blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Promote healthy immune functioning
  • Balance the nervous system
  • Quiet the mind
  • Calm anxiety and relieve stress
  • Improve vitality
  • Develop co-ordination
  • Enhance concentration and attention
  • Explore the limits and possibilities of the body and mind
  • Keep calm and deal with challenges both on the yoga mat and in everyday life
  • Initiate personal transformation
  • Clear emotional blockages
  • Unlock inner potential
  • Feel more alive and present in each moment
  • Live more consciously and mindfully
  • Open energy channels of the subtle body (nadis)
  • Increase flow of life-force and healing energy (prana)
  • Nourish psychic energy centres (chakras)

Frequently Asked Questions

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment). Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

The word hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body–especially the main channel, the spine–so that energy can flow freely. Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects– active, hot, sun–and feminine aspects–receptive, cool, moon–within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose. Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is said to be the sound of the universe made of 3 distinct universal sounds. Everyone can make this sound without the use of tongue. What does that mean? Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us - that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of AOM. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell. Chanting AOM allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves - the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant AOM, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.

The first principle of yoga philosophy is ahimsa, which means non harming to self and others. Some people interpret this to include not eating animal products. There is debate about this in the yoga community–I believe that it is a personal decision that everyone has to make for themselves. If you are considering becoming a vegetarian, be sure to take into account your personal health issues as well how your choices will affect those with whom you live. Being a vegetarian should not be something that you impose on others–that kind of aggressive action in itself is not an expression of ahimsa.

Yoga is amazing–even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle - do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.

Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga. It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.

Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but most studios will have mats and other props available for you.

In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system or are pregnant and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.

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