What is this thing called Yoga? What can I do with it!

About Us and why we’re different
How our virtual yoga classes can suit your lifestyle
Yoga to suit any ability
Yoga and it’s health benefits
Nothing to fear, straightforward yoga is here
The history of yoga – the none fancy version – yoga without spirituality
Yoga and aging
What are the different styles of yoga and what suits me?
What’s the difference between yoga and meditation?
Why yoga works

What is this thing called yoga?

Who better for an objective and down-to-earth explanation of yoga than the NHS. This definition comes from the NHS Live Well Website. It covers all the basics

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.

Why does yoga work?

Yoga is also a great form of physical exercise which strengthens, fortifies and filters both your body and mind from impediments and distractions. It’s not just about what you put in, it about what you take out.

And that latter point matters. Ask any good writer; they’ll confirm that. In fact, the hardest thing about writing blog posts is what not to say and sticking to your brief.

The other significant point about yoga is its completeness. After the physical bit, you move into a period of deep calm and reflection. You do this by learning how to relax, being mindful, and developing your powers of meditation.

For more information, I refer you to my blog post “The Five Faculties of Yoga and the benefits they bestow”. It’s quite lengthy, so get yourself a glass of wine or a cup of caffeine and get tucked up into it.