What about Yoga, Religion and Spiritualism?
Yoga itself is a philosophy, a way of living in order to exist in harmony with oneself and one’s surroundings. Whilst there are cross-overs with Bhuddism and Hinduism, you do not need to follow these to enjoy the physical practises of Yoga.
Why are there so many names for Yoga and What do they all mean? Yoga has developed over many centuries and along the way individuals have introduced their own styles and methods of teaching, It is worth doing your research on a style of Yoga before going along to a class.
I’ve never been flexible! Yoga is not a competition in flexibility, it is about working with what you have and where you are today. You don’t need to be a dancer or gymnast to practise yoga. Practising Yoga will help you to improve your flexibility, using your breath as a guide as well as improving your strength.
I’ll stick out like a sore thumb and everyone will laugh at me! Even in a class situation, Yoga is about working within our own capabilities, not comparing ourselves to others. In order to learn something we must accept where we are and venture outside our comfort zone-how far or how quickly we grow is our own private journey.
How is Yoga different from other forms of exercise and stretching? Yoga places a strong emphasis on awareness of breath and movement. Guiding the student to understand how their body, mind and breath are connected and exploring subtle changes from moment to moment.
Do I have to be Vegetarian to Practise? Whilst some Yoga students abstain from animal meat, preferring to eat only vegetables, I believe it is a personal choice. It is wise to be aware of the nutritional value of food and eat a diet that provides energy with a balanced level of nutrients, minerals and vitamins, keeping processed foods to a minimum.
What do I need to begin? A willingness to try, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely i.e. cotton t-shirts (not too baggy) and stretchy trousers or shorts. If you decide you like it then you may in time invest in a mat and other yoga accessories but to begin with just bring yourself and comfortable clothing that you can move in.