What is yoga?

AndreaThe practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves as individualised beings intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. In short it is about making balance and creating equanimity so as to live in peace, good health and harmony with ourselves and the greater whole.

What can yoga do for me?

Nervous system
Reduce anxiety, tension, stress, switches on the “relaxation response” and increases neurotransmitters

Muscles and ligaments
Increases strength, tone and flexibility, reduces chance of injury

Skeletal system
Corrects alignment, enhances bone density, increases joint mobility, strengthens and nourishes the spine

Circulation
Massages heart and lungs and increases blood and lymph flow through the body

Glands
Regulate hormone production, toning and cleansing the endocrine system

Immune system
Help eliminate toxins, balance and strengthen cells, increase the ability to fight infections and stimulate glands and lymph nodes

Mind
Sharpen concentration and brings clarity and peace of mind, develops self awareness and increases memory

Emotions
Develop calmness, generate awareness of one’s emotional being, provides inner strength and the ability to manage difficult situations with confidence and grace

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What can I expect in the class?

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Expect to be made to feel welcome and at ease from your very first class!  Here you will learn about your body and how to respect and yet challenge yourself.  You will experience the centering and harmonising effect of the asanas (postures) on your body and emotions when practised mindfully with your breath.   You will learn to focus your mind, yet release tension.  What sets Yoga Bliss apart is that you will also be exposed to the great teachings of the Yoga Sutras which I am very passionate about – threaded through our sessions to give you an invaluable set of life skills to navigate life’s ups and downs.

I respect that we are all different and encourage you to work at your own level.

Expect variety, as each week a new aspect of yoga is explored. Classes are generally an hour and a half in duration, which include time to relax, warm up, move through a variety of asanas (postures), basic pranayama (breathing techniques), visualisation and meditation. We use mats, belts, blocks and blankets at various times and all equipment is supplied for you.

The classes are suitable for beginners and you will receive a solid foundation for your practice and I hold beginner’s classes to learn the very basics of yoga.  You can attend on a casual basis or at a reduced rate through the purchase of a 5 or 10 lesson card.

Why bliss?

Keeping in mind the ancient wisdom that has been passed on for thousands of years, that our true essence, our very deepest nature is happiness or Bliss (Ananda)