Yoga

 

What is Yoga?

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OM symbol representing sacred sound

Asanas, in Sanskrit, are the physical practice of yoga. The majority of our western world will define the physical practice as Yoga. Sanskrit is often used in most yoga classes.

Mind, body & breath connection

Yoga is a continued practice, non-judgmental and is not competitive in nature. Students will never stop learning and deepening their practice. An Asana practice is one of the eight branches or limbs of Yoga. “Asanas are not merely gymnastic exercises; they are postures. To perform them one needs a clean airy place, a blanket and determination. [] By practicing them one develops agility, balance, endurance and great vitality. [] Asanas have been evolved over the centuries so as to exercise every muscle, nerve and gland in the body. They secure a fine physique, which is strong and elastic without being muscle-bound and they keep the body free from disease. They reduce fatigue and soothe the nerves. But their real importance lies in the way they train and discipline the mind.” B. K. S. Iyengar Light on Yoga (1966)

Astanga Yoga – Eight limbs of Yoga

(1 Yama – Ethical disciplines, conduct towards others 

    1. Ahimasa – Non-violence
    2. Satya – Truthfulness
    3. Asteya – Non-stealing
    4. Bramacharya – Moderation in sex or wise use of sexual/ kundalini energy
    5. Aparigraha – Greedlessness

(2 Niyama – Individual disciplines, conduct towards oneself

    1. Saucha – Cleanliness
    2. Santosa – Contentment (Self Love)
    3. Tapas – Intensity, creating heat through effort. Burning off the impurities
    4. Svadhyaya – Self Study
    5. Isvarapranidhana – Devotion

(3 Asana – Practice of postures for physical discipline

(4 Pranayama – Breath control for mental discipline

(5 Pratyahara – Withdrawal or discipline of the senses

(6 Dharana – Concentration

(7 Dhyana – Meditation

(8 Samadhi – Self-realization (who you really are)

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Study these eight aspects together with your practice. Your mind and body will thank you later!

May your intuition light your journey on and off the mat :) – Sabrina Garland

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~ The light in me honors and bows to the light in you ~