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Iyengar Yoga - a (very) brief history

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Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago and the word ‘yoga’ means ‘union’ in Sanskrit. The union of the mind, the body and the spirit. The physical postures (one of the 8 limbs of yoga) enhance flexibility and strength, and along with the breath, can aid deep relaxation to prepare the body for meditation (usually when the student is ready).

Although yoga is much more than a series of physical poses (known as asana), practising regularly will create a feeling of well-being and cultivate the dynamic balance in both mind and body, to improve general health, happiness and contentment. Yoga is a philosophy for a way of life, free from the stresses of the mind, and the benefits gained from the physical aspects explore a deeper inward journey of conscious awareness and questioning.

What is Yang & Yin Yoga?

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Yang yoga is a breath-led flowing style of yoga - with loops and spirals -and incorporates principles of qigong and traditional Chinese medicine. It is dynamic, precise and most importantly safe - suitable for every body! Along with static postures, strength, flexibility and endurance improve.

Yin yoga helps us slow down in this fast and sometimes furious world. With the aid of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks etc), postures are held for longer giving the mind and the body time to relax and restore. Each pose helps us surrender and deepen in order to heal. Postures can be adapted to suit every body. It allows the body to soften and release rather than stretch and pull.