"Yoga is the science of right living"
The word means union - it is a bringing together of the whole person. A unity and balance of all aspects of ourselves. Yoga is an internal journey to find release and serenity.
Yoga aims at balancing the nervous and endocrine systems. It massages the internal organs and sends fresh oxygenated blood into the tissues and cells of the body. It improves the circulation. It strengthens the deep muscles of the body. It improves the skeletal structure and keeps the joints mobile. It supports the respiratory system and releases the mind from stress and strain. If practiced correctly it should enhance our concentration and our awareness. It is a holistic approach to health and healing. Advanced yoga does not mean the ability to twist into a pretzel but rather the ability to steady and focus the mind.
What is Hatha yoga and how is it different from other styles of yoga?
There are various paths of yoga to suite the different personalities and needs of people and the different seasons of our lives. No one way is the only way. The path must be adaptable and flexible to be able to meet specific needs and requirements of your present condition and situations in life. The asana must be a living exploration of body and mind. We must not get lost in how the posture looks but rather in how the posture makes us feel.
Hatha yoga is the collective name for all the asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing techniques) The way which you practice these posture are then referred to as different styles, but the actual postures stay the same. Hatha yoga classes are a good place to learn basic techniques and breathing exercises. It is a slow paced stretching class with a very meditative atmosphere.
Vinyasa yoga is stronger than Hatha in the sense that the postures are taught in a flowing dynamic form, connecting and synchronizing the movement with breathing practices. It is often referred to as Vinyasa flow or flow yoga. So if you are not keen on doing the slow paced meditative style Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga or our “flow yoga”… might be the style for you.
Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that places a lot of emphasis on alignment of the body in the postures. Precision of technique is key in this style of yoga.
Yoga Connection offers mainly basic, traditiional style, Hatha yoga classes. Periodically we insert a class or two in the schedule of a different style.. Watch our schedule for any Gentle Flow / Vinyasa class. Once a week we offer an advanced Iyengar yoga class as well. Try as many classes as you want and feel which style you resonate with most.
What does Hatha yoga aim to do?
- Balancing the nervous and endocrine systems.
- It massages the internal organs and sends fresh oxygenated blood into the tissues and cells of the body.
- It improves the circulation.
- It strengthens the deep muscles of the body.
- It improves the skeletal structure and keeps the joints mobile.
- It supports the respiratory system
- Releases the mind from stress and strain.
- If practiced correctly it should enhance our concentration and our awareness.
- It is a holistic approach to health and healing.
Are the asanas (postures) difficult?
All asanas are non-competitive and done with the eyes closed. According to medical science these asanas should relax the mind and create balance in the nervous and endocrine systems. They are of great preventative and curative value. Mentally they induce peace and balance. Emotionally they should harmonise and revitalise. Yoga has been tried, tested and proven over 5,000 years!! Advanced yoga does not mean the ability to twist into a pretzel but rather the ability to steady and focus the mind.
What do I need for my yoga class?
Nothing. All you need is comfortable clothes. We do have mats, blankets, pillows and any other props you might need for free. Of course, you are more than welcome to bring your own.
What shouldn’t I do before class?
Please do not eat a heavy meal 1-2 hours before practicing yoga.
Is yoga associated with religion?
No. Yoga is not a religion in itself, it is a science. Yoga, in a sense, is a belief system, a practice that is a way of living.
The practice of yoga establishes and nurtures equilibrium in the whole person to the end that those who practice ordinarily enjoy improved health, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
Can I do yoga if I'm pregnant?
We run special classes for pregnant mums. More information on our pregnancy yoga classes