Yoga helps us connect to ourselves, our purpose and one another.
What is yoga?
Yoga means union – union of what? Union of mind, body and soul. When we feel balance and connected within, we naturally feel in harmony with the world around us. Over time, the practice brings us into alignment so that what we think, feel say and do are all pointing in the same direction. When our head, heart and hands work together, we feel happy, connected, strong and focused. There are over 40 types of yoga of which physical yoga – the well-known hatha yoga – doing asanas or postures is just one. Among the 196 Sutras of Patanjali three sutras are dedicated to postures or asanas. Hatha yoga is a process so the body can sustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then the breath, the mind and the inner self. There are many styles of physical yoga – Iyengar, Bikram, Sivananda etc. Yoga evolved thousands of years ago when sounds, postures, pranayama or breathing and other practices were revealed to have a purifying and balancing effect on both mind and body, bringing about soul connection.
Yoga brings connection between mind and body - through the breath and other healing, purifying, energizing and mindful practices. When mind and body are together, we are by definition present and in the moment, preparing us to experience the magic of all moments and get the most out of life. With practice, our connection with our inner self deepens and in turn strengthens our connection with others and the world around us.
Yoga brings connection between mind and body through the breath, and other healing, purifying, energizing and mindful practices. When mind and body are together, we are by definition present and in the moment, preparing us to experience the magic of all moments and get the most out of life. With practice, our connection with our inner-self deepens and in turn strengthens our connection with others and the world around us.
Yoga offers a perfect template for wellbeing. Through developing the five points of yoga – proper exercise, breathing, diet, relaxation and meditation and positive thinking, and while providing a direct solution to so many of life’s problems it simultaneously offers tools to develop our minds and our inner fire so we can realise our true potential. It connects us mind, body and soul. It connects us to ourselves, our purpose and those around us. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years across many traditions from the Indus Valley and during Vedic heritage and Buddhist and Jain traditions. Yoga is as relevant today as it was in those times – perhaps even more so.
The purpose of yoga is to make your mind strong, balanced and flexible. In different types of yoga, the entry point is different. Japa yoga is practiced through chanting sounds. Swara yoga focuses on the breath. Hatha yoga on postures. The goal is the same… to control the modifications of the mind – as spoken about in Patanjali’s first sutra or aphorism, so that you are the boss of your thoughts and not a slave to them. People of all ages, stages and from all walks of life benefit from the incredible science of yoga. With so many weapons of mass distraction that are impacting on us on a daily basis yoga has powerful and valuable relevance in modern life. Different types appeal to different personalities. Some people like a more vigorous physical practice; some are more drawn to a slower meditative practice; some love to chant. Some people want to be energised; some want to relax. There is something to benefit most personality types, preferences and needs. Ultimately yoga helps people overcome stress, find peace and develop focus, boosting creativity and energy so you can create what you want in life.
Yoga for you
Yoga improves flexibility, balance, strength, health, wellbeing, focus and connection. Hatha yoga is a process that helps the body build and sustain higher levels of energy. The process begins with the body, then the breath, the mind and the inner self. During classes with Calodagh all stages are explored.
Using the many tools and practices this vast and complete science has to offer, Calodagh tailors different programs for different groups – using different practices to strengthen, balance and energize mind, body and soul. Calodagh teaches gentle stretches and a range of postures adaptable for any level, yogic philosophy, breathing… all with the purpose of making you strong, balanced and flexible so you can achieve balance, peace and realize your potential.
Over the last 7 years, Calodagh has shared the incredible benefits of yoga and meditation with a broad range of individuals and groups, from business people to sports clubs, schools, educational institutions and corporates. Call Calodagh at 0871 335230 now to plan your upcoming yoga programme!