There are over a hundred different types of Yoga. Neither is better or worse, right or wrong; they are but a tool, a tool to go within, to know within, the Truth within.
Here at Satya Live Yoga we teach an integral style of yoga which can be practised by anyone, regardless of age, ability or fitness level.
Based on Satyananda Yoga, our classes aim to develop and balance all aspects of one’s being – body, mind, emotions and psyche.
Traditionally our classes include physical postures, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation practices.
Physical postures (asanas) are practiced to stretch, massage and stimulate the energy within. They invigorate the body, develop strength, flexibility and endurance, and help to remove blockages and tensions. Asanas work on both the body and the mind, and by practicing with awareness one can integrate and harmonise the two.
Postures are taught systematically and safely in a non-competitive environment. Students are encouraged to work within their own comfort level and to modify practices according to their needs and abilities.
"Yoga is far from simply being physical exercise, rather, it is an aid to establishing a new way of life. This way of life cannot be understood intellectually and will only become living knowledge through practice and experience." Swami Satyananda
The breath is the bridge between the body and the mind. By tuning into the breath we can connect the two and be fully in the present in the moment.
Breathing techniques, also known as pranayama, are more than mere exercises to expand the oxygen in the lungs. Rather, these practices utilize the breath to influence the flow of energy in the body. Depending on the desired outcome, different breathing techniques are used to heat, cool, energise, balance, sensitise or tranquilise the being. With this knowledge we then have the yogic tools to create a certain effect, whether it be to turn the mind inward for meditation or bring a sense of vitality and freshness for external activity.
The average person takes 15 breaths per minute and 21,600 breaths per day. How many breaths are you aware of?
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. During the practice one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. Yoga Nidra has many associated health benefits and is used widely to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and insomnia. Also known as yoga nod-off, it promotes deep, profound rest and healing, and is an essential tool in reducing dis-ease and enhancing wellbeing.
Meditation techniques are used to cultivate stability and stillness, and ultimately lead one to a deeper understanding of the inner nature, the Truth within. Meditation practices are taught systematically to expand the awareness, develop will power, enhance concentration, reduce stress and increase tranquillity. Through practice one learns the patterns and habits of the mind, and accesses a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.
“Meditation is communion with our inner self. It is the means of expanding our consciousness, transcending the external being, and becoming one with infinite source of light and wisdom” Swami Satyananda