What is yoga?

Yoga originated in India and the definition varies according to the various interpretations of ancient Sanskrit texts. The the most common interpretation is to yoke or join together from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’. I’m drawn to the idea of the practice of yoga creating a connection between the mind, the body and the breath

I am drawn to an understanding of Yoga being in relationship with ourselves and connection with all living beings. Hatha, also a Sanskrit word, has many interpretations and I choose to observe the one that describes ‘ha’ as solar or sun and ‘tha’ as lunar or moon. The ancient texts of The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras form the foundations of yoga philosophy and give guidance on how we should practise yoga. In my classes I incorporate a sequence of asana (physical postures) with pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation and meditation interwoven with yoga philosophy, coming together to encourage a sense of balance in the body and stillness in the mind.