What is Yoga? More than just exercise, breathing or relaxation, Yoga is about self-awareness.
Yoga is a powerful system of practices and philosophy, designed to train, relax and connect your body and mind so that you can rest in your natural state.
Despite what you might think, your natural state is actually wise, happy and peaceful! It’s just that it gets clouded and obscured with stress, distractions and false beliefs. Yoga helps you to peel away these layers so that your ‘natural self’ can shine, allowing you to function with greater ease, balance and sense of purpose, in whatever you do and however you choose to live.
Yoga trains you to be fully present, in the experience of the moment as it unfolds, without judgment. It creates the habit of ‘mindfulness.’
The word ‘Yoga’ means to unite, to harness, to yoke. It’s about reuniting all the parts of ourselves that appear to be fragmented – in the here-and-now – so that we can experience our wholeness.
“Yoga touches the life of man at every level – physical, mental and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorry, and enables them to live fully, taking delight in life.”~ BKS Iyengar
Yoga is grounded in the ‘inner’ search. Whilst it is inherently a spiritual practice, it doesn’t require you to have any particular ‘spiritual’ beliefs. The only pre-requisites to learning yoga are willingness and patience.
Included in the practice of yoga are: physical yoga postures (called asana); breath exercises (called pranayama); sound/chanting (called mantra); hand gestures (called mudra); guided relaxation (called yoga nidra); and also meditation.
When practised on a regular and systematic basis, yoga develops strength, agility and vitality in the body, allows you to see through your mind more clearly and opens access to the wisdom of your heart.
Over time, yoga leads to a more well-rounded personality and an internal peacefulness. It generates a happy, heathy culture and sense of community among its practitioners – our Momentum community is like this! It is deeply healing and liberating. And it has the potential to change the world.
Yoga will support you to be the best, most authentic version of yourself.
ROOTS OF YOGA
Yoga has its foundations in the rituals and practices of the people in the Indus valley civilisation of northern India and Afghanistan dating back around 5000 years.
Whilst the lifestyle of the ancient Indians differed vastly from ours today, their yearning to know themselves, to live with health and happiness and to discover the truth about life, was the same. From this basis of inquiry, the system of yoga began.
For yoga to be authentic, it needs to be taught systematically and directly from teacher to student, from person to person, heart to heart. Whilst it can be convenient, yoga is not designed to be learned on the internet, from a video or a book!
At Momentum we are committed to teaching yoga in its authentic form, whilst making it effective and really enjoyable for women and men in today’s modern times. We offer a variety of yoga class styles to suit everyone.
You may also wish to checkout our FAQs to learn more about getting started with yoga at Momentum – we look forward to welcoming and teaching you!