Yoga is an ancient discipline which touches and enriches all aspects of life.  It originated in India and has been practised for at least 5,000 years.  The aim of yoga is to unite or harmonise the body, mind and spirit.  Yoga increases flexibility and builds strength and stamina at all levels.  This is achieved by physical postures; bending, stretching, balancing and twisting; breath awareness and control; relaxation and visualisation, progressing towards meditation.  

A yoga class takes the form of a series of postures, known as asanas, which strengthen and tone the body and improve the flow of energy - regulating physical systems of the body and breath, and stilling the mind for meditation. Posture work is enhanced by the practice of simple breathing techniques which develop awareness and relaxation of the breath.  Classes finish with a period of relaxation to help relieve stress and overcome anxiety and associated conditions.

Yoga is suitable for all ages, male and female and all body types and fitness levels.  It offers an holistic approach to body, mind and spirit which can provide us with the 'tools' to cope with the challenges of daily life. There is no competition in yoga; it can be as gentle or dynamic as appropriate to each individual.  

The emphasis of yoga is on personal development and extension; releasing negative energy blocks; cultivating a relaxed and happy lifestyle and positive thought patterns. 

The Tree of Life by David Friedman


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