Posts In: Yoga Philosophy
yoga-philosophy refers to the concerpts and ideas in a yoga class or practice which are not simply the yoga-pose or asana. Yoga philosophy comments on the ideas behind yoga, philosophy or the subtle body or the breath. References to Patanjali or the Bhagavad gita or the Upanashads. Yoga-philosophy expalina why we practice the yoga-poses and shows that hatha yoga is a lot more than an exercise class. When we talk of the subtle body in yoga-philopshy or in yoga classes we refer to the potential affect of the yoga on the emotions or behaviour or experience of the yoga student.
Yoga is many things, many concepts and usually something different to each practitioner.
At the start of class, I sometimes ask my yoga students to think of all the contrassts or opposing actions/sentiments/ aspirations we experience in our yoga practice. These might include strengthening and relaxing, right and left, up and down, forward and back, movement and stillness, breath in and breath out. So what does Hatha Yoga mean? The word Hatha can be broken into two parts: Ha meaning Sun and associated with our masculine, energetic side and Tha meaning Moon, associated with our feminine, passive, relaxing nature.
In yoga philosophy, the gunas encapsulate these concepts.
Rajas represents dynamic energy, effort, will. Whereas Tamas is passivity, inertia, potential energy.
We can endeavour to find a state of Satva – pure balance between the two in both our yoga practice and our life off the yoga mat. That is, while finding just the right amount of exertion and relaxation, we will become more open-minded, disciplined, patient, loving and authentic to our true essence.
My yoga classes in Woodley are suitable for all levels but are very popular with Beginners and yoga sstudents who are less flexible. The poses in the yoga classes can be adapted to suit all abilities. I tach in Woodley on Thursdays at Vibez Dance studios. there is a choice of classes – either come at lunchtime 12.30 to 1.30pm or in the evenign 6-7pm. No need to book in advance. I have some spare yoga mats. I take card payments. the cost is £9 or £50 for 6. Please get in touch with flowrelaxyoga if you have any questions. See you on the mat on Thursday!Classes