Yoga Styles

The following styles of yoga are taught at the Heart of Yoga:-

HATHA YOGA

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika was composed in the 15th century CE as a compilation of the earlier Hatha Yoga texts.

The word Hatha means wilful or forceful.  Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises known as asanas or postures and sequences of asanas designed to align your skin, muscles and bones.  The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body-especially the main channel, the spine – so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites.  In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility, we also learn to balance our effort and surrender each pose.

Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation.  It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

“Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul as the target”,  B.K.S. Iyengar

SIVANANDA YOGA

Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga that stretches and tones the whole body.  This style of yoga has not been modified or watered down.  The teachings have survived intact and are practices as originally presented in India by Swami Sivananda in 1936.  Sivananda Yoga is an international practice which follow the same format worldwide.

Sivananda Yoga is a complete healing system designed to help the body maintain a natural healthy state.  The training involves frequent relaxation and emphasises full, yogic breathing.  The practice is intended to tone and strengthen all of the muscle groups of the body.  The objective of the class is to instruct students in the correct practice of yoga asanas, enabling the student to deepen his daily practice.

“An ounce of practice is worth tons of theory.” – Swami Sivananda

TIBETAN HEART YOGA

Tibetan Heart Yoga (THY), an ancient art of yoga, came to Tibet from its birthplace in India over a thousand years ago.  The yoga practice taught today, belongs to the Gelukpa tradition of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet.  Jey Tsong Khapa was the teacher of His Holiness the First Dalai Lama (1391-1474) and from here THY continues up to His Holiness the current Dalai Lama, whose cheerful and compassion embody its goals.

Teachings work on your heart in two ways: it makes your physical body healthy and strong and it opens your heart to love others.  The instructions for opening our hearts to others are called ‘tong-len’, which means ‘giving and taking’.  This practice involves special ways of breathing and thinking of others, throughout the day and especially as you do your yoga exercises.

“You cannot enter the door of yoga without kindness and compassion for others” – Changkya, yoga teacher to the Emperor of China and His Holiness the seventh Dalai Lama

 

References:

www.yogajournal.com; www.thesecretsofyoga.com; www.yogastudiesinstitute.org

 

 

 

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