What is YOGA?
The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’ and is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means ‘to yoke, to join’. This unity or joining is described in spiritual terms as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness, to connect back to Source, to remember our divine nature and connection to life.
The practise of Yoga is an ancient health system in which we’re given tools to connect back to parts of ourselves that we may have disconnected from in this lifetime.
Physically speaking Yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions. This is done through the practice of yama: ethics, niyama: self observances, asana: posture, pranayama: breathwork, mudra:, bandha: energy work, shatkarma: cleansing, diet and dhyana: meditation. The 8 Limbs of Yoga
Medical science is catching up to what the sages knew, it agrees that yoga is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body.
For most people Yoga starts as a means of maintaining health and well-being, but then it also provides a way for them to find their own way of connecting with their true selves. Through this connection with their real selves it is possible for people to manifest harmony in their lives. Yoga is an aid to establishing a new way of life which embraces both inner and outer realities. This ancient practise has the ability to support, uplift and benefit you on every level of your existence.
Some key benefits of yoga:
- Promotes focus and relaxation
- Increases strength and stamina
- Improves circulation, boosts immunity
- Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
- Achieves homeostasis in the body, equilibrium of the mind
- Improves posture & flexibility, encouraging easy movement
What is Hatha?
Hatha is a branch of yoga, it’s an ancient practise true to its origins. Nearly all adapted forms of yoga are based on the Hatha lineage.
The Sanskrit word Hatha translates to force, exertion and effort, so alongside understanding what yoga is, we understand hatha yoga as a means for spiritual development through the exertion of the student’s physical effort. Traditionally, hatha yoga integrates ethics, diet, cleansing, breathing exercises and energy work alongside physical bodywork before moving to the internal realms of meditation.
What is Hatha Flow?
Hatha Flow is a classical style of practise – Hatha, with a modern take – Flow. The term ‘flow’ generally means a flowing sequence of postures. During class, one pose will follow another in a complementary way in some kind of rhythm.
The term flowing could also be influenced by what is known as Kriya yoga, the yoga of action, which is in essence a practise entirely of its own. But the asana or posture practise is a flowing, highly charged sequence also, which utilises pranayama, bandhas, mudras, mantra throughout.
Yuli is a registered Yoga Teacher, Himalayan Hatha (200+ hours), with Yoga Alliance Professionals.