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Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodah

‘Yoga is the quietening of the troubled mind’ (Patanjali 1:2)

The word 'yoga' comes from a Sankrit word 'Yuj' which means 'to yoke.' To yoke means 'to join' or 'to connect.'

Yoga enables us to connect with our natural state of peace and harmony. It is a pathway to unity. When we are divided or disconnected from nature we experience suffering. Yoga is the remedy and a tool by which to calm the troubled mind.

Traditional approaches to Yoga included: 'Bhakti', the Yoga of Devotion; 'Jnana', the yoga of knowledge and 'Raja', the eightfold path of Patanjali.
In the 9th - 11th century a style of yoga emerged which focused on physical practices such as cleansing techniques, postures and breathing exercises.

This yoga became known as Hatha Yoga and forms the basis for much of the modern styles of yoga that are so popular today. Hatha yoga means: ‘uniting of the forces of nature’ and encompasses a broad spectrum of practices. When practiced regularly, the yogi is able to develop a healthy body that is strong and flexible and also a clear mind that is calm and focused.

Holistic Yoga

We teach a holistic approach to Yoga that draws from all of the traditions mentioned above. Holistic means that every part of the individual is intimately interconnected and can only be understood within the context of the whole. In terms of a yoga practice, the whole being is nourished and balanced through the integration physical, mental and spiritual self-development.

In holistic yoga , as well as learning the yoga postures (asanas) you will also be taught about breathing techiques (pranayama) purification techniques (kriyas), meditation (dhyana) and deep relaxation (nidra). This approach to yoga is particularly suited to yoga therapy and is accessible to everyone regardless of age, flexibilty, fitness or previous yoga experience.