Yoga is a wonderful tool for living. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ‘Yug’ which means to yoke together or to unite, bind, make whole, act in unison.
So when we say we are ‘practising yoga’ we are engaging in the practices that help bring about this union or feeling of balance. This is one of the reasons why there are many streams or styles of yoga on offer or ‘many pathways up the mountain.’
People come to yoga or consider it for many reasons. It may be:
- to stretch and increase flexibility
- for health reasons (or because the doctor said so)
- to de-stress and still the mind
- for quiet time and reflection
- to connect body, mind, soul
- or just because you feel a bit better after a class.
Whatever the reason, yoga is a great way to increase physical health, awareness and inner strength and focus.
I went to yoga like many to find some balance from the high-flying working world.
What drew me back was the feeling of lightness after a class (which I had usually made after a running dash from the office). It gave me the sense of being centered and grounded. I wasn’t quite sure how it worked but I knew I wanted some more. And eventually I would go on to formally learn more, but it is that essence of lightness, joy and inner alignment which yoga can bring that I enjoy sharing now as a teacher. To find out more about classes:
- General Yoga
- Workplace Yoga
- Chair/Seniors Yoga
“Live with understanding, teach by example”
Emily Harrison is qualified yoga teacher and continues learning through post-graduate studies.
- Diploma of Teaching Hatha Yoga– Gita International
- Gita Guild Member
- Yoga Australia Member