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What is Yoga?

Yoga originated in India and dates back to around 3000 BC

Yoga means yoke, to join or unite, its aim being to unite the mind, body and spirit and keep them all in a healthy state.

There are many different paths to Yoga but in the west we tend to practise Hatha Yoga. Translated, Ha (sun) and Tha (moon) represents the balancing of positive and negative energies through Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), Relaxation and Meditation.

Anyone can practise Yoga regardless of age or ability. Postures are always modified to suit specific needs.

When practised on a regular basis Yoga has many health benefits:

The body feels stronger, more flexible and toned.

Circulation is improved, tension released and muscles relax and lengthen.

Internal organs are massaged and stimulated, aiding digestion and elimination of waste.

The endocrine (glandular) system is stimulated and therefore functions more efficiently.

The lungs are used to greater capacity, improving uptake of oxygen and increasing energy levels.

The nervous system is calmed, bringing the body back into balance.

The mind becomes clearer and calmer enabling the student to relax and sleep properly and a more positive attitude to life is achieved.

 

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