what are the benefits of yoga?

Enhanced physical and mental health. Vehicle for personal development. So many reasons to practice yoga

Exercise? - Therapy? - Personal growth? - Why do you want to practice yoga?

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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?

  • yoga calms you, reducing stress and anxiety to make you physically and mentally healthier
  • yoga releases tension to relieve fatigue, stiffness and pain
  • yoga puts you more in touch with yourself, helping you live comfortably in the present with a clear vision for the future

Why do you want to practice yoga?

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practice yoga naturally

One size does not fit all: having established guidelines for safe practice we invite you to

  • Body - work intelligently with your body, breath and gravity to release tension without strain
  • Breath - free your breath to get more in touch with your emotions
  • Attention - identify and let go of resistance and release your natural tendency to wholeness and health

Develop a natural yoga practice that benefits you at every level


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...

  • 1 - ... ethical abstentions
  • 2 - ethical observances
  • 3 - posture
  • 4 - control of vital-force
  • 5 - introspection
  • 6 - focus with effort
  • 7 - flowing focus and
  • 8 - absorption

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


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