What is Yoga
Yoga is a discipline that balances the mind and the body focusing on the breath and movement. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’, ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. With regular practice of yoga, we can learn to let go and break old patterns stored in the mind and the body.
Types of Yoga
There are many types of yoga, whether you want a more physically demanding class or a slower flow. I teach Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative Yoga. Depending on the student's needs, we work on intensive flow (Vinyasa), slower flow (Hatha) or a restoring flow (Restorative).
Hatha Yoga, which literally means “union through the discipline of force”, uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana). A slower form of yoga, where you spend more time in the posture focusing on the breath and alignment.
Vinyasa Yoga links movement and breath. From the Sanskrit “to place in a special way,” the term Vinyasa refers to the alignment of movement with the breath, so although you may also hold poses for a few breaths, you’ll move from one pose to the next using the inhalation and exhalation.
Benefits of Yoga
The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement; you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river. Jiddu Krishnamurti
Yoga has countless benefits for your health. It improves breathing, quiets the mind, and releases all accumulated stress. As a result we increase our capacity of concentration, we are more creative, we sleep better. Yoga allows us to create space in the mind and build awareness.
A regular practice builds muscle strength and flexibility, increases your blood flow, regulates your adrenal glands, lowers blood sugar, releases tension in your limbs, and boosts your immune system functionality.