The origins of yoga are firmly steeped in history. It is a gentle age old practice that works on the body and mind and spirit in a holistic manner. It was formed in India over 5000 years ago, although in those times, yoga was very different to the practice of today. The classical period is defined by the Yoga Sutras which is the first presentation of yoga, written in the 2nd century, describing Raja
Yoga – and this is often denoted as classical yoga.
Although the teachings of yoga are spiritual, in the Western world, those interested in studying yoga will choose whether they wish to focus more on the physical application of yoga or to include the spiritual elements.
Hatha yoga postures, the benefits and the principles of each pose as well as the correct alignment which will aid student’s progress.
Hatha yoga has a strong connection with the physical element
Hatha yoga-utilises every aspect of self:
The postures are very powerful irrespective of the students’ current stage of flexibility when first joining your class. Even those students who can only move a little, will find that their body embraces the gentleness of the movements and will gradually relax into the postures. Always
Yoga means union and Hatha is derived from ha (sun) and tha (moon) and it signifies both consciousness and the life force. Dedicated Hatha yogis discovered through their meticulous practice of each posture (asana) that it is possible to obtain a beautiful balance of mind, body and spirit. This is the true reward of yoga.
Students’ begin to recognise the potential to cleanse their bodies, to improve circulation and to revitalise their internal organs while toning muscles, strengthening joints and easing the nerves. They discovered that yoga affects every aspect of the body’s ability to heal and function in an optimal manner.