Yoga is an ancient system which is far more than just a series of exercises, it is a way of living and being that allows harmony and peace to be created on every level – a powerful means of maintaining health and well-being in a stress-filled world.
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, and means union, integration or wholeness. Yoga provides an approach to health which promotes the union of the body, mind and spirit working together in harmony for greater health and inner peace.
Yoga therefore is an art and science that takes us back to the source of life itself. It helps us create a sense of connection and to deepen our understanding of ourselves. It also answers many questions we ask about life and our place in the Universe.
“For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.”
~ Mary Glover
While many people have an image of yoga being all about twisting your legs behind your head or thin models in yoga clothing adverts, this is not the case. Yoga is for everyone, regardless of your age, ability or flexibility. Poses can be adapted to suit each individual based on their particular needs and abilities without losing any of the benefits of the pose. With regular practice we can slowly overcome our own physical and mental limitations, gaining confidence as we achieve poses we thought impossible and finding strength and flexibility we didn’t think we had.
When practiced regularly yoga not only improves flexibility, balance and strength, but also helps in reducing stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, reduces the production of stress hormones, boosts the immune system, calms the mind and allows us to connect to our breath and body in new ways.
At Satmya Yoga, our goal is to create a welcoming, friendly, safe environment for our students to explore their yoga practice. We aim to make every class accessible to women and men of all ages and levels.
Classes are based on Traditional Yoga (also known as Hatha Yoga) and integrate the practices of physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation. These practices help expand your awareness of the deeper levels of our being and can improve health, happiness and wellbeing.