There are plenty of people who think that yoga is something physical, something strenuous, something best suited to bendy bodies.
This isn’t always the case.
Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘oneness’. It’s a state in which we feel more closely connected to ourselves and the world around us. Any of us can experience this state, no matter the shape we’re in, no matter how much sweat we shed.
Western culture privileges the appearance of things, so it’s little wonder that people focus on yoga’s beautifying and rejuvenating effects. While it can transform physiques, and while it can make you glow, this isn’t its ultimate purpose, and to sell it as such is to misrepresent – and underestimate – a vast and profoundly powerful science.
What is simple, gentle yoga?
It’s another name for classical yoga, which aims to create harmony in every aspect of our being: body, mind, heart and spirit.
The discipline and awareness developed in yoga classes slowly seeps into daily life, enhancing our experiences and interactions in the world.
What are classes like?
Every yoga class includes physical postures, breathing practices and a guided relaxation called yoga nidra (yoga sleep).
The approach is soft and understated: overexertion and competitiveness are discouraged. Although the practices are simple, they’re not necessarily easy.
What are the benefits of doing this type of yoga?
Yoga can improve every aspect of our lives, as I talk about in detail on my blog. Some of the main benefits are:
- greater self-awareness
- greater resilience
- greater peacefulness
- increased connectedness to others.
If you’d like to come along to a yoga class or a yoga course, please get in touch.