What is Yoga

"As a man imagines himself to be, so shall he be – and he is that which he imagines."

Paracelsus

The Practice of Yoga

"You are the scientist.
Your body is the laboratory.
Your mind is the laboratory.
You experiment upon yourself,
And then you will discover the truth."

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

As a practice, yoga is not difficult to learn. Through a variety of simple postural adjustments, we start to feel more comfortable in our bodies.

We can then mould the body into various positions called asana which were devised to enable us to reach the deeper underlying tension long held in the body. Releasing that tension bound body feels a bit like taking off an ill fitting suit of clothes; we can relax inside our skins and breathe a little easier.

As the breathing slows down it becomes deeper and more satisfying, leading us mindfully into the practice of pranayama, the regulation and control of the energy flow through the body. That vague feeling of panic that has been with us for so long that it is regarded as normal, begins to subside. The mind becomes less chaotic, the turmoil of the internal dialogue grows quieter and we begin to taste the first fruits of meditation.

The feeling of a steady and consistent current of energy flowing through the body and an increased feeling of connection with that same life giving energy that flows through all of creation, leads us to a state of peaceful surrender. We develop an attitude of trust to the process of life as it is.

As the meditative process deepens, we become more open and receptive to the guiding voice of the spirit of life itself which acts through us, protecting, defending and nurturing all that is best in us. We begin to touch the source of the creative process and observe with joy as our potential unfolds spontaneously and naturally.