Yoga is accessible to all, regardless of age and brings benefits from the first session.
The classes are adjusted to the experience of participants and last an hour and a half.
They start with a relaxation and breathing exercises (Pranayama).
Then come the postures and their variations (Asanas). The practice is in the concentration and body awareness (dharana). With experience it is possible to forget the body to enter a state of meditation (Dhyana).
The course ends with a final relaxation to rest the body and let the energy flow.
If yoga has arisen in the last century in the West, it is the legacy of an ancient tradition in India. We find the word "yoga" in the Rig Veda, between the fifteenth and tenth century BC, one of the revealed texts of Hinduism.
The root of the word 'YOG' in Sanskrit means "union", union of body and mind through the breath, very important in yoga, but mostly union of body, mind and soul.
"Yoga chitta vritti nirodha", is the second aphorism of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the founding text of Yoga, "Yoga is the cessation or control, automatic activity of the mind." By freeing us automation, Yoga reveals our capacity to be. This deep consciousness is the immobile Witness, permanent that makes us participate in the cosmic energy, beyond our physical incarnation. Whether we call the Atman, the Self, the Centre or the soul, it is a common wealth to all men, source of love, life, creativity, that for the most part, we seek to outside, while it is in us.
The ultimate goal of yoga is the quest for harmony, a unity of body and mind.
This harmony is in the present moment and is potentially accessible to every human being.
At the heart of yoga there is an important message: every human being is naturally balanced and complete because the Self can not be destroyed or damaged. This is our inherent nature, and yoga is the path to a greater awareness of this inner entity, the Self.
When we consistently follow the path of yoga, it takes in our lives profoundly important.
Inwardly, it allows us to act according to our needs, our intentions and values that we hold most dear.
Outwardly, it teaches us to strengthen our body to relax and balance our nervous system, to find peace and concentration on an object. It is said that yoga leads to the direct realization of our true nature.
Yoga is a philosophy without exclusivity, all convictions, even religious or humanist,
can find their place.
However, yoga is not a religion. Yoga proposing the union, religious choice or not are respected there.
The key is stopping the delusions, it induces: respect for others, peace and non-violence.
There are many ways and styles of yoga associated with various individual aspirations and the various aspects of our nature. This diversity is not a sign of weakness or dissension, but rather a response to the extreme diversity of expectations.
Relieves stress and pain
Yoga can help reduce the effects of stress on your body, it also helps to relieve the aches and pains of the body.
The exercises teach you to breathe more deeply, increase lung function and body relaxation.
Yoga improves the elongation of muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body to help you become more flexible.
Yoga postures use every muscle in your body and help you increase your resistance level.
Improved circulation and cardiovascular system
Yoga daily exercises help improve blood circulation and strengthens the cardiovascular system.
This is one of the most important benefits of yoga.
"An ounce of practice is better than tons of theory."