What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition, established many thousands of years ago. In modern society, most people are familiar with the physical stage of Yoga – asana or postures – which assist in increasing flexibility and strength, and help to prepare our bodies for meditation practices. The system of Yoga is much more than the physical aspects of mastering postures though.
“The traditional purpose of Yoga, however, has always been to bring about a profound transformation in the person through the transcendence of the ego” (Feuerstein).
The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yup” meaning to bind, join, yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on. Yoga is one of the systems of Indian philosophy and was collated by Patanjali in his classical work, the Yoga Sutras, in which he outlines the eight limbs or stages of Yoga – Yama (universal moral observations), Niyama (self purification by discipline), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath regulation), Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (state of union with God or the Divine).
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Through the regular, consistent practice of Yoga, including movement, postures, meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation, Yoga assists in cultivating improved health and wellbeing on the physical, emotional and mental aspects of our life.
It is our sincere desire to assist students to reconnect with their bodies, find peace and relaxation, enjoy the experience of Yoga and life and share this joy with the people in their life.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama
Does yoga help with back pain?
Yoga helps with back pain by increasing strength in specific muscles and muscle groups. Our back and abdominal muscles are essential components to support the spine, helping our body maintain healthy posture and movement. Yoga can help to condition these muscles, greatly reducing back pain or helping us to avoid it completely.
Can yoga help me get pregnant?
The short answer – yes!
The long answer – yoga is a great way to help you prepare for pregnancy and get pregnant. Trying to get pregnant can become a stressful experience, especially if it feels like it is a long and expensive journey for you and your partner. Yoga is scientifically proven to reduce stress, and this is one of the many ways that Mala can support you.
Yoga uses key postures that help to nurture, support and strengthen the endocrine and reproductive systems. Achieving and maintaining hormonal balance, a strong immune system and reduced cortisol levels will help you in achieving optimal fertility.
What styles of Yoga do you teach?
At Mala, our class styles are influenced by the vast experience and knowledge of our teachers. We currently focus on three main styles of Yoga – Hatha, Hatha Flow and Yin. You can find more information about these styles at here. An interesting point for students – all Yoga styles incorporate the same asana (postures), so Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2) in an Ashtanga class is the same as in a Hatha class.
What do I wear to class?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing – something that you can easily move in, similar to what you would wear to gym/pilates/fitness classes.
Do you supply equipment?
Yes we supply mats and all other equipment however you are welcome to bring your own mat. We recommend that you bring a small personal towel and water bottle. It is best to drink water before and after class but not during.
Where did Yoga originate?
Modern Yoga as we know it is was most influenced by Sri T Krishnamacharya, who imparted his knowledge to his son TVK Desikachar (viniyoga), brother-in-law BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga), Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga) and Indra Devi. The Yoga we practice today is derived from these and other modern teachers who graciously shared their knowledge with the world.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
All of our teachers are qualified, insured and have a wealth of experience. You can be confident practicing with us, knowing that our teachers have the knowledge and passion to safely guide your Yoga journey.