What Is Yoga?
Yoga means “to yoke” or “union” in Sanskrit. It is an ancient Indian set of practices designed to integrate mind, body and spirit. We trace these practices to The Yoga Sutra, a text that condenses the meaning and practice of yoga to an 8-part system that includes moral and ethical precepts, postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and stages of meditation. Hatha yoga is the physical component of this philosophy, generally comprised of 3 of these 8 limbs, combining postures (asana), breath awareness (pranayama)
and relaxation (pratyahara). The postures release stiffness and tension, increase the flexibility of the spine and joints, and strengthen and tone every part of the body. Optimal breathing increases energy and nourishes the body. Relaxation relieves stress and calms the mind.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga has been researched and documented to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate pain, improve memory and increase flexibility of spine and joints. It improves motor skills and balance, muscle tone and strength, energizes the body and mind and enhances metabolic and respiratory functions. A regular practice increases concentration and mindfulness. Yoga brings us back into balance, on every level, and gives us strategies and tools to stay that way. You might think about yoga as a toolbox for easeful living.
Yoga at Glenmore
Glenmore classes are informal and fun, taught in a semi-circle so the instructor can be attentive to the needs of each student. Classes are small and personalized. Each class includes a flow of postures, breath awareness and guided relaxation. Our yoga studio is comfortably carpeted. We furnish mats, blocks and other props for those who wish to use them.
“Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced.” – B.K.S. Iyengar