Which kind of yoga style suits me?
Meditation, alignment and detail oriented movement, flowing with the breath and breath work. It’s a practical philosophy. Our goal is to offer an integrated and complete yoga practice. To put it in general words, we offer Hatha Yoga, which is a physical practice.
Asking what kind of yoga style you should do, is like asking what kind of music you should listen to. You don’t have to stick to one teacher or style. The choice is a practical one: Availability, economy, and the atmosphere will keep you coming. To keep coming is how you get results.
We recommend starting with a teacher that you like and trust, whatever the yoga style is. Then let it flow in its natural course.
Is yoga a lifestyle?
You don’t have to become a vegetarian, give up sex, lose interest in money, or quit smoking to practice yoga. No lifestyle is described in the Bhagavad Gita or Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Being sincere is the right thing to do. This process evolves by trying new things and exploring. Maybe living by a certain rule may help you to know yourself better. Therefore there can be rules about food and yoga practice schedule, but they are only tools to explore ourselves deeply and not a goal by themselves.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a practice. It welcomes people from all kinds of religious backgrounds. Everywhere around the world, people from all kinds of religious identities practice yoga comfortably.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Then number of scientific research on yoga has been increasing. The medical world is beginning to recognize the benefits of yoga. One of the most important scientific data is the decreasing cortisol which is the stress of hormone, after a yoga practice. A regular yoga practice results in decreasing of stress related issues.
Spinal health plays a big part on internal organs coherent function, and preventing diseases from insomnia to obesity. Yoga poses ensure the spine’s flexibility and length. People practicing yoga tend to stay young and dynamic.
An increase in blood circulation, glowing skin are all physical effects of yoga. The breath and awareness work in the yoga practice balances emotions. The practitioner feels centered and grounded. Open to the beauty of life, negative thought patterns ravel. On a spiritual level, yoga nourishes the integration feeling. That’s what yoga means: Integrity. Contrasts disappear, devised parts become one. Practice yoga without any spiritual or physical expectation. Everyone can benefit from it.
When, where and by who yoga was invented?
Yoga was first mentioned in the ancient text called Veda, which was written in Sanskrit, around Indus Valley, today called India. Yogis living in the mountains probably practiced yoga long before that –their research on their inner science have reached us as yoga poses, breathing techniques and meditation practice. The yoga that we are practicing today is not the one practiced 5000 years ago. That’s a good thing because times are changing, so are our needs. New developments are introduced to the science of yoga. It’s a dynamic tradition rather than an academic one and it reaches a different level with each master. Body specialists like Feldenkrais and Ida Rolf have influenced yoga. Budism rose long after yoga but it changed the course of the yoga practice. Each day a new yoga evolves with a new teacher.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, written around 300 BC, is the text that all forms of yoga are based on. However that text is interpreted differently with each translation. Some translators define yoga as the control of the mind. We, on the other hand, prefer to perceive yoga as the surrender of the reflections of the mind. The focus pulls away from the mind and a new truth is discovered beyond the mind, even though the mind continues its flow. The aim of yoga is essentially that. Health is only a side effect. And enjoying is the basic motivation! Yoga practitioners enjoy life more fully with the increasing of life quality.
What’s the purpose of yoga?
The goal of yoga is to see our true nature. Tapas svadhyaya ishvaripradina: Yoga is a passionate research on who is making the choices. This research is an inner one (svashyaya) meaning that we are not studying an object, we are studying ourselves. This research is a passionate one (tapas). Yoga practitioners must be passionate about discovering the truth otherwise lots of obstacles will prevent them. Passionate research is about who is making the choices (ishvaripranidana). This research is performed by slowing down, starting to watch the inner movements and revealing the nature of the mind. The poses and techniques are merely a tool for that purpose.
The second goal of yoga is health. Balancing hormones with inversions, detoxification with twists, strengthening of muscles… We cannot underestimate the quality that yoga brings to our daily lives. Enjoyment is what keeps us practicing yoga. If we don’t enjoy the adrenalin, if we don’t have a taste of the relaxation at the end of the class, we may find it difficult to come back. Your goal at the first class and the one after 5 years of practice may not be the same. Our body and mind are our home and as long as we are still alive, yoga makes our relationship with our home easier.