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. Yoga is both a state of mind and a system to help you attain this state.
“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.
What styles of Yoga do you teach?
At Mala, our class styles are influenced by the vast experience and knowledge of our teachers. We offer Hatha and Yin classes and you can find more information about these styles at here.
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?
Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy, thousands of years old. Modern academics say the ancient yoga scriptures have their origins date back between 1500 BCE and 12,000 BCE. Some of these profound yogic texts that we study and are inspired by include the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Samkhya Darshan.
The history of yoga is long and complex and is a lifelong path of study!
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.