YOGA FOR YOU
Yoga is a Sanskrit word with several different interpretations such as "to put to purposeful use". In the context of modern (western) yoga, it is often associated with the translations "join, yoke, concentrate". Yoga originated around 5000 years ago in ancient India and became popularised in the West in the late 19th century after its introduction by Swami Vivekananda.
I offer students a combination of traditional pranayama (breath control) and meditation techniques in addition to asana (physical postures). I teach an alignment-based style of yoga that utilises methodologies of Anusara yoga which has a strong focus on the "Universal Principles of Alignment" that underpins all asana. These principles offer a guideline on how to effectively align the body, heart, mind and spirit to promote integration and balance. My training in trauma-informed yoga, allows me to provide to students, a unique approach through which they can experience their practice.
Students who participate in a consistent yoga practice can enjoy, faster development of their practice, longer lasting results, and are able to better monitor their progress. Overtime, through fostering a deeper understanding of themselves via yogic techniques, students can facilitate strong spiritual growth.
Hatha, like many Sanskrit words has a few translations. One translation is "force". Hatha yoga, therefore, can be defined as the means of "attaining union through force". In the context of modern yoga, this force is know in the form of asana (physical posture). The initial purpose of hatha yoga was to prepare the body - the nervous system especially - for stillness during seated meditation. Traditionally, hatha yoga teachers taught yoga 1-on-1. Today, many people use hatha yoga for several purposes including reducing stress, increasing flexibility or improving strength. - Great for all levels of experience.
Vinyasa is derived from the Sanskrit word nyasa meaning "to place", and the prefix vi, "in a special way". This suggests that the practice of vinyasa yoga involves intentional movement of the body. Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterised by the synchronisation of breath with movement and linking sequential asana together with breath. - Ideal for those with at least some previous yoga experience.
Power yoga is a vigorous variation of the vinyasa-style yoga which, originally closely modelled the Ashtanga method (popularised by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois). The term "power yoga" was coined in the 1990's by Bryan Kest and Beryl Bender Birch, independent of each other, and quickly rose to popularity in the United States. - Ideal for the more experienced yogi.