"Yoga is not doing, yoga is what happens." - R. Sharath Jois
The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' meaning to bind, join, attach or yoke. It's the spiritual science of balancing and 'binding' together the body, the mind and the soul. It is an ancient Indian philosophy that dates as far back as 5000 years.
There a millions of different styles or yoga out there, the best thing to do is try try a few, find one that you resonate with, a teacher you love and stick to that, then watch the journey unfold.
Ashtanga I practice and teach Ashtanga yoga, which means that my classes are based upon the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, developed by Sri T. Krishnamacharya, popularised by his student Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and passed on to me by my teachers R. Sharath Jois (Pattabhi Jois' grandson) and Yogacharya Lalit Kumar.
Ashtanga literally means eight limbs and is defined by the sacred yogic text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (total peace).
The physical part of the practice (or 'asana practice') we'll do in class, is a set sequence of postures linked together by a 'vinyasa' (co-ordinated breath and movement) to flow dynamically from one position to another. 'Bandhas' or 'Locks' are used to seal in the energy and help to stabilize the body in the positions, 'Drishti' a gaze point, is given for each pose as a place to still your focus to draw your mind away from distractions and 'Ujjaii' pranayama (an audible breath) is practiced to heat the body and maintain you focus on your breath throughout your practice.
Physical Benefits Reduces stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system Tones and strengthens muscles Increases fitness levels Improves posture Increases concentration Improves mood and calms the mind Increases immunity Massages internal organs Decreases blood pressure Relieves insomnia and encourages a sound sleep
I am also available to teach Hatha yoga, vinyasa, pre-natal yoga and restorative yoga. For more information about those styles please contact firstname.lastname@example.org