WHAT IS YOGA?
Meaning yoke or union yoga is a set of practices for achieving greater wellbeing and happiness. Yoga works through the essential mind-body unity, engaging body, breath and attention
Why Practice Yoga?
Why do you want to practice yoga?
practice yoga naturally
One size does not fit all: having established guidelines for safe practice we invite you to
Develop a natural yoga practice that benefits you at every level
ASHTANGA: EIGHT LIMBS
Practised for thousands of years, yoga was transmitted orally until the 4th century CE when Patanjali wrote the classical text, enumerating eight steps to joy:
"Now yoga is explained: yoga is the restraining of the mental impressions. Then, the seer abides in her true nature...
are the eight limbs of yoga." ( Patanjali )
Ha-tha yoga is Ashtanga with Tantra, an Indian thought-system rooted in the body
Ha-tha practices concentrate on posture and breath-work with attention and can be thought of as embodied meditation
Ha-tha works through your body to bring harmony to all of you
Most popular yoga practices worldwide are ha-tha: Mysore, Iyengar, Sivananda, Satyananda, Asthanga-Vinyasa, Bikram . . . all are schools of ha-tha yoga as expounded by their founding teachers
Mindfulness is an approach to quietening the mind for achieving inner peace, with roots in Eastern spiritual philosophies such as Hinduism and Buddhism, although there are paralells with Jewish and Christian contemplative traditions
Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with qualities like compassion, curiosity and acceptance
Being mindful helps free you from dwelling on painful memories and fears about the future and live in the present in a full and enjoyable way
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Introduced in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts this therapeutic approach is a very specific clinical discipline with roots in the ancient tradition of mindfulness
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Inspired by MBSR Zindel Segal and Mark Williams developed MBCT with the aim of treating Major Depressive Disorder
MBSR and MBCT have stimulated much clinical research into the benefits of meditation and helped popularize mindfulness in the West in and beyond the clinic