Yoga

Yoga Classes:

Regular Classes as follows:

Mon Therapeutic Yoga 9:30 - 10:05am
Wed 6:30 - 7:30pm
Thurs 7:00 - 8:10pm

Note: Therapeutic yoga sessions are 1:1 with prior appointment

Venue: 18 West End Avenue, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 1BJ

Fees: Full Term - £6.50 per session, Odd sessions - £7.50 per session

Class Size: Max 10

Class Content: Yogasanas, Pranayam, Mudras, Bandhas and Meditation or Deep Relaxation.
Yoga Tradition followed: Bihar Yoga Bharati

Therapeutic Yoga

Individual Sessions for:

- Asthma
- Blood Pressure
- Digestive Disorders
- Arthritis
- Pregnancy yoga
- Stress and Insomnia

Fees: £30 for 40 minutes session.

2018 Calendar for Yoga Classes

Thur 11th Jan - Thurs 15th March 
Wed 11th April -Thurs 12th July
Wed 22nd Aug - Thurs 13th Sep
Wed 10th Oct - Thurs 29th Nov


What is Yoga?

Yoga means union - a union that is developed and experienced by the practitioner at three distinct levels. First of all, at the very basic level, the union or harmony between body & mind so that we naturally do things which are right for our body instead of abusing our body through an undesirable life-style. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, N.India, explained yoga as “an integration between thought, word and deed”. The first stage of yoga teaches us ‘yama’ and ‘niyam’ i.e. discipline and regularity in life.

The union between body and mind is also at the root of karma-yoga so that any action, even the simplest one, is to be performed with full concentration and to the best of our ability. Similarly, any yogasanas (yoga postures) we perform should be done with one-pointed awareness.

At the next and more subtle level, Yoga means the experience of oneness or unity with one’s inner being. Through this union, our thoughts, words and actions conform to the true nature of the soul. The innate attributes of the soul are love, peace, truth, benevolence and bliss. A true yogi can never be morbid, bitter, arrogant, selfish, egoistic, resentful, greedy or violent.

The ultimate aim of yoga is the union between the soul and the Supreme Soul. Yoga arose when man first realised his spiritual potential and began to evolve techniques to develop it. It is the science of uniting soul with God, dissolving and merging the will of the soul into the will of the Supreme, a total identification with the Cosmic Reality. It is a sacred science, the higher practices of which are believed to have been revealed to man in a state of deep meditation.

Thus learning yoga is a lot more than mastering a few physical postures for the fitness of the body. Whereas pure physical exercises have only a physical effect on the muscles and bones, yoga works at a much deeper level and aims at an integrated development of the practitioner’s physical, mental and spiritual personality.

Integrating Yoga with Ayurvedic Treatments

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that developed together and repeatedly influenced each other. Yoga is supposed to be used as a therapeutic tool of Ayurveda for both disease treatment and for lifestyle management. Yoga postures and pranayama treat a variety of ailments, particularly structural problems or low energy conditions, and are among the best tools for keeping our doshas in balance. Pranayama is most effective in treating diseases of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, whose function depend upon the right flow of prana. Yoga is also excellent for psychological and mental disorders because of its specific action on the mind through deep relaxation and meditation. The purificatory hatha yoga shatkriyas are easy to use at home without formal supervision. The eight limbs of Yoga cover the entire field of our existence – from the physical, sensory, emotional, mental and spiritual. With no additional expense and less reliance on medicines, patient care could be optimised by combining Ayurvedic and Yogic therapeutic regimes. Yoga as a therapy was traditionally prescribed in an ayurvedic context. It is a great pity that very few present day Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe Yogic practices in treating common ailments.