What is Yoga?
Yoga is a dance between movement & breath - between mind & body - between - pushing and letting go.
Yoga is a form of physical, mental & emotional wellbeing that involves a combination of muscular activity and an internally directed focus on awareness of the self, the breath, and energy.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when deciding which form of yoga to practice as there are a multitude of different yoga styles: Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyassa, Kundalini and as it grows in popularity, many more are being surfaced. Four basic principles underlie the teachings and practices of all yoga styles and healing system:
The first principle is the human body is a holistic entity comprised of various interrelated dimensions inseparable from one another and the health or illness of any one dimension affects the other dimensions.
The second principle is individuals and their needs are unique and therefore must be approached in a way that acknowledges this individuality and their practice must be tailored accordingly.
The third principle is yoga is self-empowering; the student is his or her own healer. Yoga engages the student in the healing process; by playing an active role in their journey toward health, the healing comes from within, instead of from an outside source and a greater sense of autonomy is achieved.
The fourth principle is that the quality and state of an individuals mind is crucial to healing. When the individual has a positive mind-state healing happens more quickly, whereas if the mind-state is negative, healing may be prolonged.