Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and scince of healthy living. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. The practice of Yoga is believed to have started with the very dawn of civilization. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religions or belief systems were born. In the yogic lore, Shiva is seen as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and the first Guru or Adi Guru. For many, the practice of yoga is restricted to Hatha Yoga and Asanas (postures). However, among the Yoga Sutras, just three sutras are dedicated to asanas. Fundamentally, hatha yoga is a preparatory process so that the body can sustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then the breath, the mind, and the inner self.
“Yoga is about harmonizing oneself with the universe. It is the technology of aligning individual geometry with the cosmic, to achieve the highest level of perception and harmony.”
This type of yoga focuses on connecting the breath to your movement. While a Vinyasa Flow class is usually at a faster pace, in Hatha Vinyasa we take it slower, allowing the poses to settle in the body. The class remains fluid, challenging at times but always respecting one’s capabilities and musculoskeletal system. Yogis will leave these class energised, feeling stronger as well as relaxed and centred. A short guided meditation and breathwork in the beginning of the class is the preparation for every Hatha Vinyasa class.
While “Yang” Yoga – like Vinyasa – focuses on your muscles, Yin Yoga works deeply into the body with passive, longer held poses. It targets the deepest tissues of the body, the connective tissues, such as ligaments, joints, bones, fascia and the meridians. Energetically Yin Yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of Chi in the organs. It’s slow paced and meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into your mind as well as into the physical sensations of your body. Its a great opportunity to learn how to breathe through discomfort. Each pose is held for usually 3-5 minutes, but can be even up to 10 minutes at a time.
Therapeutic yoga is to prevent, reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional and spiritual pain or limitations.
If you are recovering from a recent or an older injury, surgery, you are suffering from low back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, ankle or knee pain, Therapeutic Yoga can be an additional solution for pain management but also rebuilding strength in those areas of the body. These sessions always take place in a private setting where we work with yoga poses using many props in order to support the client’s body.
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