’Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’, which means to yoke, bind or join together. Yoga can also be translated as ‘union’ or ‘oneness’. At the deepest spiritual level, yoga allows us to reveal and merge into the true essence of our being, by which we realise that there is no separation between anyone or anything.
There are many aspects to yoga and the vastness of yogic practices means that any single definition is limiting. Generally speaking, we can say that yoga is an empirical science and philosophy, aimed at taking us closer to revealing our true nature.
Yogic practices include, but are certainly not limited to, devotional practices such as kirtan and deity worship, meditation, āsana (physical postures), and prāṇāyāma.
Yoga is not about becoming a better person. It is a process of deconditioning, stripping back the layers of the limited mind based sense of self, to reveal the limitless Self that we are.
Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga that works with physical postures, (āsana), to bring the physical body into alignment and energetic balance.
‘Prāṇāyāma’ means the control of energy through the breath. Generally speaking, it is the regulation of inhalation, exhalation and retention of the breath, while maintaining constant awareness and concentration.
Having experience working in the corporate world, we understand the importance of taking time each day to breathe and reconnect with ourselves. This is why we offer prāṇāyāma classes to workplaces.
‘Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.’
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