Yoga is most commonly known in the West as a type of physical exercise which focuses on specific poses or ‘asanas’ that include twisting, stretching and standing exercises. Students can expect to receive instruction for each yoga asana in detail and/or as part of a moving and dynamic routine designed to strengthen and stretch the body.
Yoga is known as a ‘moving meditation’. Through intense concentration on the physical aspects of the poses and sequences, a yogi can experience the withdrawal of focus from outside sensory stimuli and thoughts and focus on one’s inner self. This is the first stage of preparation for deeper meditation.
Yoga originates from India and is estimated to be around 5,000 years old. The word yoga means ‘Union’, and this union is intended to be that of mind, body and consciousness. Yoga can become the means to a much more self-developing practice than is initially assumed, if taught alongside it’s other principles of Meditation and Pranayama (breathing techniques).
In my opinion, all people can practice yoga. It can compliment and enhance your current spiritual beliefs and understanding and guide you toward a more meaningful life. Yoga can be the practice that prepares you for deeper spiritual development or indeed a more balanced perspective, whichever of the two you are looking to experience.
As a practice, I truly believe that yoga is best practised alone and with deep understanding. However, getting to this stage requires the help of a teacher. I offer 1-2-1 classes primarily but also teach at gyms and studios from time to time.
For details on my classes and times please go to the Classes page.