Why do yoga?

So many times I hear people say ‘I am not flexible enough to do yoga.’ This is exactly why we need to practise! Yoga brings so much more, however, than the obvious benefits of increased strength, flexibility and balance. The more we practise, the more yoga gives us exactly what we need at any particular time.

Yoga literally means ‘union’ and is a traditional Indian discipline over 2000 years old. Patanjali, the father of yoga defined yoga as ‘the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind’.

The external benefits are apparent yet yoga benefits our organic body as well. Different asanas or postures stimulate the different organs and systems of our body such as the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. Yoga can help regulate hormones, improve focus and concentration and reduce stress. Every day the medical profession publishes new evidence of how yoga benefits our health and wellbeing.

Living in the busyness of today’s world and at the pace so many of us do, yoga brings significant self-awareness allowing each and every one of us to become very present to what we need in that moment. It is a journey of Self-realisation.

‘Before peace between the nations, we have to find peace inside that small nation which is our own being.’

BKS Iyengar

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