What is Yoga?
"Yoga is a way to restore our lost wholeness, our integrity as complete human beings by unifying the personality around a center that is silent, unbounded, spacious and joyful.
The techniques of yoga are methods of purifying the nervous system so that it can reflect a greater degree of consciousness and our lives can become an increasingly positive force in the world.
If these techniques are correctly practiced, the whole nervous system is revitalized-the body enjoys better health and more energy, the rested mind is freed from the burden of past experience and perception is restored to its primal freshness. Thought and activity become coherent and integrated, life becomes richer and more fulfilling.
"Yoga is a catalyst that allows us to grow in whichever direction is natural and life supporting."
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as translated by Alistar Shearer
These are just some of the benefits of a regular yoga/movement practice: Better breathing | Flexibility | Strength | Confidence | Balance | Stress reduction | Toning | Stamina | Self-awareness | Better posture | Self-discipline | Poise | Grace | Increased energy levels | Vitality | Sense of well-being | Relaxation | Inner peace | Improved circulation | Positivity | Cardiovascular conditioning | Focus and ..........Fun!
How do I start?
We suggest you try the classes until you find a teacher or a style that resonates with you. Each of us comes to our first class with a unique aim or intention. Speak to any of the teachers at the studio and we will make suggestions to help you find the right practice.
How often should you practice? Even if you start with one class a week you will notice great changes, and the more often you get on your mat, the more amazing you will feel.
Some helpful guidelines
Wear comfortable clothing that will allow your body to move and breathe freely
It is advisable to practice yoga on an empty stomach
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before class to relax and settle
Doors close promptly 5 minutes before class commences
Remember to switch off cellphones
We work barefoot - you can leave your shoes (and your day!) outside in lockers provided
Work within your own limits, at your own pace
Honour and respect yourself
Yoga Alliance (USA) www.yogaalliance.org
BKS Iyengar Institute South Africa www.bksiyengar.co.za/
Radiantly Alive Teacher Training (Bali) www.radiantlyalive.com
Yoga Within Noordhoek ( Yoga Studio) www.yogawithin.org
Shanti Cape Town (Ashtanga Yoga Studio) www.shanticapetown.co.za
Haum of Yoga Johannesburg (Yoga Studio) www.haumofyoga.co.za
Eve Cunard (Yoga in Plettenberg Bay) www.eveyoga.withtank.com/