Why ‘The Wholeness of Yoga’? Because these days in the West a common perception of Yoga is a set of physical exercises, done to make you fit and beautiful, and yet Yoga is so much more than that. It is true that Yoga makes you more healthy and beautiful! But beautiful in that you are being more truly yourself, not conforming to someone else’s idea of beauty.
In the very long history of Yoga (over 4000 years) so many branches and different practices have developed that are all called Yoga – the Yoga of sound, the Yoga of devotion, the Yoga of knowledge, to name but a few, as well as practices that specifically involve the body and mind. Yoga has also been called a complete philosophy or science of living, a way of looking at ourselves, our relationships and life and the world.
The word Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit root meaning to join or connect. So the word Yoga is often translated as Connection or Union. Connection of your mind with your body, connection to the present moment, connection to the consciousness deep within you, which in turn connects to the ‘oneness’ of everything.
It is not easy to put Yoga into words (although many people have done, and done so much more eloquently than I can) because it is meant to be something that is experienced.
In my Yoga practice and teaching I feel that the body is very important, not for its own sake, but because it contains and reflects the mind, emotions and experiences. So when working with the body we are not trying to achieve a physical ideal, but using the body as a source of information and truth about ourselves, and using the Yoga (postures, breathing, meditation, sound and chanting) as an exploration, a practice, a way to transform ourselves and bring balance and harmony on many levels.
Costs for classes/workshops are always negotiable. I need to make a living but I want the teaching of Yoga to be available to everyone.