What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice from India that connects the body with the mind. This practice uses postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation techniques. Patanjali, the founder of its philosophical system, defined it as a method of controlling the fluctuations of the mind. Therefore, yoga is more than doing physical postures. Yoga helps to understand and control the nature of the body and mind of those who practice it to achieve a state of balance and peace.
According to Patthabi Jois, who practiced and popularized the Ashtanga style of yoga, “If we practice yoga, which is useful to the entire human community, we will then attain physical, mental and spiritual happiness.”
“If we practice yoga, which is useful to the entire human community,
we will then attain physical, mental and spiritual happiness.”
We understand yoga as a discipline that goes far beyond fashions, reaching a certain posture or being exclusive for flexible people. As Aadil Palkhivala says: “Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming.”
It encompasses many more aspects than physical practice. It helps calm your mind of thoughts and distractions to reach that peace and stillness that we all desire transferring everything learned on the mat to your every day life.
BENEFITS OF YOGA
Yoga practice improves general fitness level, increases flexibility and strength. Also, at a more subtle level, it purifies tissues and influences the energy system that supports and sustains tissues.
Some other benefits that yoga practice can bring to your life:
– Stress, anxiety and depression reduction
– Improves blood pressure and your heart rate
– Improves coordination
– Tones, stretches and strengthens muscles
– Brings vitality to the whole body and its systems
– Helps digestion
And a long etcetera, but the best way to enjoy these benefits is to see for yourself. As Patthabi Jois said, “Practice and all is coming.”
“Yoga doesn’t care who you have been,
it cares about the person you are becoming”.
It is the most classic type of yoga, a millenary practice, where we combine asanas gently guiding us through the breath. Through the sequences we achieve a balance of body and mind leaving the practice with a feeling of fullness and peace of mind. The word Hatha is translated in Sanskrit as Ha referring to the sun, our masculine part, more active and Tha as the moon, our more feminine and calm part.
It is a dynamic type of yoga, where the movements are synchronized with the breath. It is always practiced the same sequence of postures that, in the traditional method, are taught from teacher to student. As the student progresses in his practice, the teacher teaches him more asanas in an individualized way. It was introduced by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1975 in the city of Mysore (India). It can be practiced guided by the teacher or mysore style, where the student practices at his own pace in a room with a teacher who adjusts his asanas.
Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic type of yoga where different sequences are followed in each session, differing from Ashtanga Vinyasa where the sequence of asanas is always the same, letting the breath and movement go in unison. Each posture is the continuation of the previous one, leading the body to a kind of meditation in movement.
It is a type of gentle yoga where we play with three aspects. The first one is the time, since we stay in the postures between 3 and 5 minutes giving space to the body to penetrate into the deepest muscular layers thus gaining flexibility, the second one is your constant and harmonic breathing during the whole posture and the third one is to perceive how calm you can be in a posture simply by feeling this perception in equanimity.
Making a simile with our current world, our busy day to day life would be a yang force, and the asanas we practice in this yoga modality, a yin force.
Prenatal yoga, based on the Hatha Yoga sequence, helps pregnant women to develop agility, strength and elasticity during pregnancy, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques aimed at facilitating labor. It is done in small groups adapting the practice to the gestation period, thus creating a community of women who are in similar vital periods.
Don’t let them tell you! Come and try it yourself! This is how we present our most powerful combo. 90min where we divide the class in two parts. The first 40min we do core exercises, Kick sequences, cardio fit circuits. We continue with 30 minutes of yoga, where we focus on deep stretching of the muscle groups worked, to finish with a guided meditation, usually while the sun goes down.
“Practice and all is coming”.