What is Yoga

"The body is primarily the means of gaining information about myself. I direct my attention to a certain part of it – the jaw, chest, abdomen, feet – and embody the sensations I find there.
Tension may show that I am anxious, or I may realise that the pain in my leg originates from a muscle spasm in the back. I begin to have a relationship with my body through my getting to know it.
The body becomes the barometer of my feelings, desires, limitations and possibilities."

Bruce Thomas

Hatha Yoga

The most popular form of yoga practiced in the West is referred to as Hatha Yoga. It forms part of a more comprehensive system known as Raja Yoga which is considered to be the Royal path of personal evolution.

Hatha is a combination of two words, Ha referring to the dynamic or male principle at work in creation, and Tha, referring to the passive or female principle.

The objective is to maintain a harmonious balance between these complementary energies flowing through the body. Sun and Moon, earth and sky, day and night, action and rest, represent this process at work as we go about our lives.

Hatha Yoga practice is primarily concerned with the training and purification of the physical body so that this balance is maintained. This involves correcting postural imbalances through the performance of asana, or yoga postures, and regulating the breathing process through the practice of pranayama.

We learn to use our bodies efficiently and well meeting the demands of work and family life, while acquiring the ability to relax every muscle in the body at will for rest and renewal.

Through the practice of the various postures, the body acquires strength and suppleness and through the practice of breathing exercises, we learn to maintain a steady current of energy through the body. We become strong, yet remain soft, a determined force for change, when required, and happy to withdraw and relinquish all control when appropriate.