About Yoga

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development in the world encompassing body, mind and spirit.

The word ‘yoga’ comes from Sanskit (the classical language of ancient India) meaning union. ‘Yoga’ can be interpreted as the union of the body, mind and breath.

There are many systems of yoga. The one that is most widely practised in the West is Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is concerned with positioning the body into ‘asanas’ and breath control in ‘pranayama’ with the purpose of bringinging strength, balance and purity to the body. Within Hatha Yoga many styles and schools of yoga have developed such as Iyengar, Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Bikram and Vanda Scaravelli (although she never wanted a type of yoga named after her).