WHEN BODY & MIND BECOME “ONE”
“A good balance to life and sport!”
Relieve body tension & improve posture
Increase strength, balance, flexibility
Improve breathing, mobility, energy
Develop body awareness & co-ordination
Develop clarity, focus & attention
Promote circulatory & immune systems
Let go of the stresses of modern life
Still your mind finding inner peace & balance
Acquire positive thinking, self-acceptance & resilience.
Wave goodbye to depression, anxiety & sleep issues
Bring more poise & balance in your life
Feel alert, yet calmer & more relaxed.
WHAT IS YOGA?
"Remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you"
Yoga is a philosophy, science and an art, first described in old Sanskrit texts – the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. Yoga is ancient, and yet so relevant to us in a modern frenetic world. It allows us time to return to our body and reconnect with ourselves. The word yoga is generally translated as joining or union. Yoga is a journey of exploration of the body & mind with the breath.
Yoga connects mind, body and spirit. It helps to quieten the mind, strengthen the body and find happiness. With regular practice you will soon discover the wonderful benefits it has to offer, leading you to a sanctuary of inner peace and taking you back to who truly are.
WHO IS PANTAJALI?
Patanjali, an old Indian sage of around 200 BCE, left us a unique book on classical yoga, “The Yoga Sutras”, 196 aphorisms or pearls of the wisdom on yoga. One of the most important books on yoga. It offers us guidelines for living a more purposeful and meaningful life. It is a philosophy on which yoga is based and which still applies to our lives today.
"Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind."
Patanjali defined yoga as Chitta Vritti Nirodha, which literally means that when you still the activity and chatter of the mind, you are in yoga. In other words, you are doing yoga in order to achieve mental clarity, stillness, and freedom from the monkey mind.
Body and mind work as one. Our thoughts instantly affect our muscle tension, breathing, feelings and more, and these in turn affect our thoughts. We may become stiff or have a very busy mind.
In yoga, we learn to manage our mind by way of our breath and body, bringing more peace, balance and harmony into our daily lives. As we get stronger and more flexible ‘in body’, we begin to feel the same ‘in mind’ – developing inner strength and confidence.
Through a regular yoga practice, you will work the body gaining strength, balance, flexibility. Your mind will become still. You will develop breath, focus and concentration. And your whole person will be filled with a sense of wellbeing, harmony and balance.
It does not matter if you can’t touch your toes…
Yoga is universal and available to all. Strength, flexibility, balance will come with practice. The purpose of yoga is to find stillness and connection with yourself. Self-acceptance. Breath. Being present in the moment. Being kind to self and others.
Accept that where you start might be different from someone else. Yoga is about you. There is no competition in class. Yoga is for everyone and all that is required of you is to come to the mat with no judgment, patience, perseverance and a curiosity of mind with an open heart.
FLEXIBLE OR NOT?
FLEXIBLE OR NOT?
“However beautifully we carry out a pose (asana), however flexible our body may be, if we do not achieve the integration of body, breath, and mind, we can hardly call it yoga. What is Yoga after all It is something that we experience inside, deep within our being.
Yoga is not an external experience. In Yoga, we try in every action to be as attentive as possible to everything we do. Yoga is different than dance or theatre. In Yoga, we are not creating something for others to look at.
As we perform the various asanas, we observe what we are doing and how we are doing it. We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time. If we do not pay attention to ourselves in our practice, then we cannot call it yoga.”
“Heart of Yoga”, chapter 3: T.K.V. Desikachar
Small intimate classes where you will feel nurtured.
Work at your own pace in an unhurried way
Find ease and freedom of movement for a happier you
Poses can be modified to suit your ability and needs
Move intelligently in a mindful manner
Enhance your wellness and sense of well-being
YOGA WITH BELLE
“Take time out,
Reconnect with yourself,
Move, Breathe, Relax,
Ease body and mind,
Find stillness, harmony and freedom,
And ask “Who am I ?”