Yoga originated in India and the word yoga means ‘union’. It is thought of as the union of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is often referred to as the practice of various physical postures which are often known as poses.
People often think of yoga as just stretching and although yoga does involve stretching, its aim is to create strength as well as flexibility. These are achieved through the postures which have different benefits. The postures within yoga are the same but the way they are used is different. Depending on the style of yoga the postures may be done slowly and held or they may be done with a more continuous flow.
Anyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, and it doesn’t matter whether you are not very flexible or strong. These will improve over time as you progress with your yoga.
Yoga classes may also include breathing techniques, meditation or an inspirational reading. This depends on the individual teacher. Yoga is a very personal practice and by offering a variety of classes, you will be able to find a class to suit you.
Julia Silva-Perez is a fully trained, insured and qualified British Wheel of Yoga Teacher for adults & children.
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