What is Yoga?
is an ancient Indian discipline, now practised worldwide by millions of
people. The word yoga is a Sanskrit word,it means to unite. This union
on a practical level is a means of balancing, or harmonising
the body, the mind and the emotions. The link between the body and the
mind is the breath. The science of yoga has many aspects.
Generally one begins to work on the physical body. The postures
practised in yoga promote total health. Regular yoga practice
strengthens muscles and joints, builds up bone density and balances the
endocrine and nervous system. Thus yoga provides a strong protection
against illness and increases strength, flexibility and the ability to
cope with stress.
yoga courses for the WUR aim to promote health and to prevent or
improve complaints such as RSI, backproblems, stress
etc. This is done by focussing on the whole person. In the yoga
lessons you will be introduced to physical exercise, breathing
exercises, meditative practises and relaxation. It is the combination
of these that make yoga an effective tool to become and stay
healthy,both physically and mentally. Physically you will become truly
strong, all muscles receive attention, the smaller joints as well as
the bigger ones, the internal organs are strengthened, and the spine
will become strong and flexible. The breathing exercises teach you to
use the breath and therefor your energy effectively, and to focus the
mind. There are specific calming and invigorating practises. Meditation
comes at a later stage, but exercises towards this are offered
throughout the weeks. Meditation improves the body's own healing
abilities. Relaxation will have meditative aspects and allows us to
refresh ourselves and to absorb the effect of the practice.
hope to encourage you to start a regular yoga practice at home. Yoga is a discipline and it means we have to be
prepared to actually commit ourselves and do something. Hopefully your
weekly class will inspire you to practise at home.
is best not to eat two hours before yoga. Always wear comfortable
clothing. Don't work through pain. If anything hurts, it is not right
for you, however right it may be for someone else. Yoga is an
Please feel free to approach me with questions and/or comments. I really
welcome your feedback!