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About Classical Yoga

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is a living science. One that has evolved over 1000’s of years and continues to evolve in accordance with the needs of humanity. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world.

Many people are first drawn to Yoga as a way of keeping their bodies fit and supple– good to look at and live in. Others come seeking help or relief from a specific complaint like tension or backache. Some are impelled by a sense that they are not getting as much out of life as they could be. What ever your reason, Yoga can be a tool for fulfilling what you came for and more.

At first sight, Yoga appears to be nothing more than a series of strange physical postures. But anyone who continues with regular practice become aware of a subtle change in their approach to life. Through the persistent toning and relaxing of the body and focusing of the mind, and the breath, you begin to get a glimmer of the inner peace which is your true nature.

Postures (Asanas)

Asanas are postures that are held. They can be performed slowly or quickly but always meditatively and are combined with co-ordinated breathing. The postures exercise every part of the body, stretching and toning the muscles and mobilising the joints, spine and the entire skeletal system. Asanas also stimulate the internal organs and glands and tone the nerves keeping all systems in radiant health. Unlike other forms of exercise which can cause fatigue through over-exertion, at the end of a Yoga session, one should be relaxed and full of energy.

Breathing

It’s astonishing how little attention we pay to the way we breath. Most people have forgotten how to breathe properly. They breathe shallowly, through the mouth or make little or no use of their diaphragm. This results in a lack of vitality and subsequent lowered immunity power leading to impaired disease resistance. Proper breathing helps maintain health by bringing more vitality to the blood and thus to the brain. It also helps steady the emotions and clear the mind.

Pranayama

As we bring greater balance to our body, our breath gradually finds its natural place, pace and rhythm. Then we are ready for deeper energy work using the breath. This energy work is called Pranayama which means “expansion of prana”. By learning how to skillfully control and retain the breath, we influence the electro-magnetic fleld of the body and can use these techniques to stimulate or relax the nervous system as well as nourish and vitalise our being as a whole.

Relaxation

Living with the mind and body relaxed is our natural state and birthright. Those can retain this possess the key to good health, vitality and peace of mind. Relaxation is a tonic for your whole being and can liberate vast amounts of energy locked in the body by tension. Many people spend much of their lives in a state of physical and mental tension. The release of tension induces a gentle euphoria which suffuses the entire body and helps harmonise and integrate all aspects of our being.

Meditation

Meditation is a collective term that refers to a very wide variety of techniques used to influence the functioning of the mind. Some techniques involve visualisation, the repetition of a sacred sound, known as a Mantra while others involve the simple observation of the breath or the thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise in the mind and body over a period of time. Meditation techniques are used as a means of managing the mind so that it does not overwhelm us however from a spiritual perspective, meditation helps us to remember our true nature which is beyond the activities of the mind. Meditation is the key tool for experiencing “oneness” where we no longer feel separate or detached from the ocean of life.

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