WHAT IS YOGA ANYWAY?
Let's start with what it's not: Instagram, handstands, backbends, being flexible, pushing yourself till you drop, or having leggings from the latest drop of active wear. Or being a hippie, using crystals and mala beads and getting your chakras in alignment (although all that stuff helps...really).
Yoga means 'to yoke', or 'unite' - body and spirit. It's about achieving a mix of strength and ease (sthira and sukha).
Originally there was no physical (asana) practice. That's a modern invention. Yup. 2000 years ago Krishna's followers were not heating rooms to 36 degrees to sweat
There are a tonne of different styles and schools. Because it's such an ancient practice that was originally passed down through storytelling, there's no one version of exactly how it all developed - there are of course accepted schools of philosophy and thought.
Yoga means different things to different people. To me, it's about letting go of your ego and learning to tame the bullshit and millions of thoughts that run through your head. It's an insurance policy for your body to secure it safely, gently and gracefully into older age, and above all it's about community. There is no greater feeling than participating in, or leading, a class where the energy is shared, supportive, and uplifting.
i started practising yoga when I was 16. Still, I sometimes feel a bit uneasy entering a new studio or going to class. I understand that especially in vinyasa classes, which move fast; where teachers use a mix of Sanskrit with English, where everyone else seems to know the moves and the terminology, that it can be intimidating.
If you are a beginners or want to learn more about yoga, so that you can go confidently into classes knowing your bakasana from your balasana, get in touch and we can organise a private class or small group with your mates (dogs welcome!)