Hatha Yoga is an ancient discipline that explores, develops, and integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga systematically stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the body, increases circulation to internal organs and glands, quiets the nervous system, and improves concentration. This ancient system of self-care brings vitality, health, deep relaxation, and peace of mind.
The Anusara Yoga method is a new style of yoga that is heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, yet grounded in a deep knowledge of optimal body alignment in the poses. Instructors encourage students to listen to their body, respect its wisdom, and to progress at their own pace.
Deep relaxation is taught in each class after completion of the postures. The intention of the instructors at Simplicity Yoga & Fitness Therapy Studios is to assist students in the development of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being: a truly priceless health advantage.
Yoga is a pathway to health that encompasses the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of living. It is not a religion and it does not suggest any sort of worship other than an appreciation of the inter-connectedness of all beings.
The practice of yoga has eight traditional parts or “limbs”. The first two are the yamas(ethical guidelines) and niyamas (personal observances). The yamas include non-violence, truthfullness and the avoidance of greed. The niyamas include cleanliness, self-study and the cultivation of contentment. The third limb is the practice of physical exercises (asanas) designed to improve flexibility, posture, strength and overall conditioning. The fourth limb, pranayama, includes breathing exercises to calm and centre ourselves in preparation for the last four limbs: pratyahara or learning to tune out distractions; dharana or concentration; dhyana or meditation; and samadhi-the integration of all the limbs which leads to the union of body, mind and spirit.
Although yoga itself is not a religion it has been practiced by devotees of many religions throughout its history. Originally the teachings of yoga were influenced by Hindu thought, later by buddhist thinkers and these days by Western practitioners. Many scientists and medical researchers are investigating and recognizing the benefits of exercise and meditation and are finding that measurable physioligical changes in the brain can result. Environmental scientists and advocates such as David Suzuki are also pleading for us to recognize that interdependence of all beings is a very relevant and urgent concern to our survival as a species.
At Simplicity we focus first and foremost on the practice of postures (asanas). Many students are content to leave it at that and derive many benefits such as better body awareness, improved strength, flexibility and the release of tense postural “holding patterns”. For those who wish to explore the other limbs of the practice, we can and do make these opportunities available in our optional classes and workshops.
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re all about keeping it simple