Yoga 4 U @ Ballina

Why Yoga?

Yoga is more than physical postures, and it is not calisthenics.

A definition of Yoga as written in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras ( threads) is  “Chitta Vritti Nirodha,”  –  “stilling the fluctuations of the mind”…. finding a way to be still, observe, pay attention, and appropriately read and respond to our internal and external environments… but why? – the following sutra says” Tada Drastuh Svarupe Avasthanam” – when we still our mind, we know who we are. 

When we know who we are, we know what to do.

We can do this by allowing the mind to listen to the body speaking  calmly, compassionately, and honestly. Breath, as a direct line into our nervous system, becomes the mediator in this conversation, and the universal laws of respect for life and truth are acknowledged. The focus is not just on strengthening, or on finding greater flexibility, but on Balance…. enough strength to enable connection and support, and enough flexibility to remain sweet,  resilient, and know who we are.

Why Yogalates ?

YOGALATES tm is a mat based movement system devised by Louise Soloman. It’s focus is on releasing and strengthening deep stabalizing postural muscles and all major muscle groups. In the last years, the science behind the method has evolved to emphasize synergy between functional breath and core postural stability. The program is true to Yoga philosophy, and  is wonderful for strengthening lower backs, arthritis, osteoporosis, and increasing general tone and fitness to sustain a sense of calm and well being. Although not suitable for pre natal woman, it is terrific for post natal mums.

Some questions that arise…

Do I have to chant Om? No… the meaning is lovely and the resonance is powerful though. Om is a mantra or vibration. Traditionally, it’s often chanted at the beginning or end of a class. It is said to be the first sound that resonated through the vacuum of the universe. The Ancients knew that the entire universe is constantly moving, and that everything that exists creates a vibration. Chanting Om- mentally or verbally- can allow us to see ourselves as part of all of this – a connection that is soothing and uplifting.

Is Yoga a religion? No…for many, it is a philosophy, not a theology….although the ethical and moral foundations of the practice are recognized as interwoven amongst almost all other theologies.

Do I need to be flexible to join? NO..you are to come as you are. It’s interesting though, how regularly turning up for yourself gradually alters your mind and body’s strength and flexibility… values and directions become clearer.

What should I bring to class?

  • an open and curious mind
  • intention
  • a bucketful of compassion
  • comfortable clothing
  • your mat/ block/ blanket/ theraband if you have them – if not, you may borrow mine
  • a towel to place between you and the mat – if you are borrowing  equipment
  • a water bottle
  • a body… yours is perfect

the space will be open 15 mins prior to class, please leave the premises no later than 15 mins post class  – thankyou.