Hatha Yoga

move – breathe – relax – enjoy

The Yoga postures we are practicing are simple and you are encouraged to work to your own ability. These simple movements comprehend the same principles which we can find in traditional postures. Therefore there is no distinction between beginner and advanced exercise.

Yoga poses are not about how far we can reach to touch our toes. Often when we strive for perfect poses our attention is drawn to the outside experience and we lose sensitivity to the inner world and we have to put all our attention into the right achievement of the outward experience. But outward experience in yoga is secondary. This is only the framework, a yoga posture is a means to an end.

Yoga is all about paying attention to how your body feels and Yoga is also all about breathing and about integrating the breath into our being.

The Yoga Sutra, II 46, of Patanjali states: STHIRA- SUKHAM ASANAM  ‘The posture (should be) steady and easeful’.

Steadiness and ease describes an inner state of being as well in the experience of the physical body in the Yoga pose. It is a state of being comfortable with the mind and the mind being comfortable with the body. In this way the body can support the state of a beautiful calm mind and vice versa.

All too often we ‘unseat’ our inner ease with a lack of awareness and a mind which is wandering around. This constricts our inner space and can make us small minded. On the physical level, we experience this as an inability to breathe or to move freely. Tension maybe settles in our shoulders, neck, pelvis, lower back and deeper in the organs and the mind recoils from the discomfort.

Conscious practised Yoga can not only relieve deeper tension patterns and restore a normal, comfortable range of movements, it can also sharpen our senses, draw the mind back into the body and anchor our awareness into the quietness.

For this, simple movements practiced in coordination with the breath can be as effective as challenging postures, because they give us an opportunity to develop a deeper awareness, release emotions and ease an opening of the body from within. It is not about how much you do but about how you do it. By doing less, Yoga can enhance your strength, energy, vitality, flexibility and levels of endurance.

And … Yoga is much more than physical exercise.

Usually the Yoga class begins with a few minutes of silence. After this the class practices well described Yoga movements with intentional slowness. The various postures are neither named nore demonstrated in order to enable each person to experience them from within without any comparison. In this way one can practice with eyes closed providing a sight into one’s self  in a sympathetic perception.

In between there will be moments of silence.

This can help each person to appreciate the inner quietness and to experience very subtle movements in the body and the mind.  Every class ends with a deep relaxation.

The vital aim of the classes are to enable you to learn some Yoga poses which you can conduct easily on your own. Practicing Yoga can create an openness and friendly relationship with the body and the mind. And last but not least, practicing Yoga creates that enjoyable atmosphere of tranquility and well being.