What is Yoga?

Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India over 5,000 years ago.

It comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means to yoke, unite, bring together and refers to integrating all aspects
of the Self, body, mind and soul/spirit.

Inspiring, challenging and fun, it provides us with the means with which to manage the challenges of daily life,
to achieve our highest potential and experience enduring health and happiness.

Yoga is universal – it can be practised by everyone, whatever their gender, race, age or ability.

People are often initially drawn to yoga because of its physical health benefits (strength, flexibility etc – see benefits)
or because they need to release physical or mental tensions.

With continued practice, as your mind becomes clearer and calmer,
it helps you make subtle changes in your approach to life, leading to inner peace and harmony.

Iyengar Yoga

Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar was born in India in 1918 and began his study of yoga under the tutelage of Sri T. Krishnamarcharya at the age of 16.
He continued to practice, study and teach up until the age of 95.

He is internationally acknowledged as one of the foremost experts on Yoga and was instrumental in its dissemination to the West.
Through a Iife-time of study, BKS Iyengar developed a teaching methodology that combines an understanding of physical and mental movement,
producing harmony through alignment, clear precise instruction, balancing strength and flexibility.

Self awareness and the ultimate integration of body, mind and soul are nurtured through his teaching.

Iyengar yoga is a comprehensive system of self care that is safe, orderly and progressive.
It is an engaging method, of which continual practice improves health and enhances physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“I always tell people; live happily and die majestically.” BKS Iyengar 1918-2014
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The Iyengar yoga certification mark. A sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding
The Iyengar Yoga Association of the United Kingdom regulates the quality of teaching in the Britain.
Further information can be found at www.iyengaryoga.org.uk


The Benefits of Yoga can be physical, mental and life-enhancing

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