"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"
The positive effects of yoga on the body and mind have been recognised for thousands of years.
Yoga works every part of the body stimulating the whole system inside and out. Yoga is for everyone no one is too old, too stiff, too fat or thin to benefit from yoga.
Yoga became popular in the west mainly due to the teachings of B K S Iyengar. His method of teaching yoga became known as Iyengar yoga and is followed by many teachers of all types and styles of yoga through out the world today.
Regular practice of yoga increases suppleness, strength and stamina, improves posture and concentration and quietens the mind to promote well-being.
Learning yoga in classes is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances. Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energising, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga Classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn pranayama (yogic breathing).
No two yoga classes are the same: teachers select yoga poses from the different groups of poses to emphasise the various aspects of the practice. Classes can be joined at any time the teacher can accomadate new people and more experienced practoners in the same class.