Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago and includes many paths, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga; which includes hatha yoga and jarana yoga. The word 'yoga' means unity or oneness and comes from the Sanskrit word 'yoke', which means 'to join' and refers to the joining of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a more practical level yoga is a way to join the mind body and spirit which helps the individual achieve balance and harmony.
The path we are most familiar with in the west is hatha yoga, which originally was seen as a process of purifying the body for higher meditation. It includes many practices but the those focused on will be asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing). Yoga has mental and physiological benefits including:
If you wish to read more about the benefits of Yoga then the Guardian has several interesting articles.
Yoga is great for children and adults, but you won't get it on the NHS.
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I teach yoga with an emphasis on finding your own way which gives you the tools to develop your own personal practice. I specialise in Restorative Yoga which is a style of yoga that aims to work with your body enabling deep changes and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) helping you to rest.
I offer regular classes in Teddington and can accommodate groups at a venue of your choosing as well as private sessions. One to one yoga sessions are tailored to your individual needs and I will work with you to build a personal practice that will help support you in your chosen lifestyle. One to one sessions are ideal if you wanted classes to fit around your timetable, you would like to work on a particular aspect of your practice or if you feel uncomfortable about being in class.
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Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati