'Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot
~ B.K.S. Iyengar
In our hectic modern world many people are taking ‘time out’ to practice yoga - a system of philosophy that originated in India 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex or ability.
My aim whilst teaching students is to increase flexibility, mobility and strength whilst bringing the student in tune with their own body and focus inward.When teaching, I encourage students to learn to feel their own bodies, to respect them, to breathe and to develop a sense of inner integrity. We need to work with what we have, where we are, the conditions in which we are practising (it’s no good doing a Greek beach practice in a cold village hall), our state of mind, the time of the month, the amount of stress we are under - or not. There are many ways of working.
Yoga offers us a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life. Yoga can also complement medical science and therapy for specific conditions. The muscles of asana are informed by the breath of pranayama, and the breath itself is, if uncontrolled, fed by the mind. And the mind is a tricky monkey. In Patanjali’s Raja Yoga system, the moral observances of the Yamas and Niyamas are mentioned first, as if they are the first two rungs on the ladder of progress. However, in reality they can all be recognised as operating on a self-supporting system: by doing asana we regulate the breath which returns us to a calmer state of mind in which the practices of non-stealing and self-restraint are part of a far more natural order than we, when caught up in the daily inconsistencies of modern life, can comprehend. Dharana (sustained concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and yes, even a glimpse of Samadhi (enlightenment) can be experienced in the sincere practice of Trikonasana.
You may be drawn to yoga simply for health and fitness, or be seeking relief for a specific physical condition. You might want help with managing stress, or would like pregnancy yoga classes or exercises suitable for the less able-bodied. Whatever your objectives, there are yoga classes that can meet them. Yoga is for everybody, my father began his journey with yoga at the young age of 79years and my 3 girls all began their yoga at the tender age of 6 weeks old.
By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you may become aware of subtle changes in your approach to life. In your yoga class you may well begin to glimpse a state of inner peace...your true Nature.
Yoga is both a Healing and a Learning Process. It begins with an inquiry into our limitations and progresses towards exploring our potential.
How To start?
Different classes will have a different emphasis – some being more physical, some focusing more on relaxation, breath work and meditation.
Make sure your yoga teacher has qualifications to teach.
Wear clothing that you find easy to move and stretch in. Avoid eating a heavy meal at least 2hrs before class. Most yoga is practised on non-slip mats – check with the teacher to find out if they will be provided. Be sure to tell your teacher if you have a medical condition before you start your class.
In the studio in Lahinch I supply mats/blocks/belts/eye pillows/ cushions/ losters etc the only thing one may need is a blanket for relaxation at the end when the body temperture drops.
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