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What is “yoga”?

Yoga is a roadmap for personal inquiry and growth and, ultimately, self-realization.  In its truest form, it is an ancient philosophy offering ways to delve into one’s humanity, explore it with sincerity, and to live more lovingly, authentically and peacefully. In the West, yoga is primarily viewed as an activity to improve physical strength, stability and flexibility. More recently, meditation has gained popularity due to its physical benefits, much of which is evidenced through scientific research.

What are the benefits of practising yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation?

When practising yoga, a student is encouraged to ask themselves “how they feel”, eventually cultivating self-awareness. A combination of self-awareness and proper postural practice leaves a student feeling connected to their experience, particularly to the sensation of the body. Sophisticated breathing techniques support the physical requirements of the body while guiding and quieting the mind. When the mind is focused, tension is released from the body and that’s why yoga feels so good. This is the case whether it’s a posture class or meditation. With regular practice, self-awareness grows in harmony with a healthier physical body, both necessary for emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

How do I know if what I’m doing is right?

The most truthful answer to this question is that it must feel right for you – in your body and intuitively. It is a tenet of Yoga that there is no greater teacher than the student themselves. At Sweet Kula Yoga we uphold this principle as instructors and honour each student’s personal experience.

What does Namaste mean?

It is the salutation used in a class to honour each other’s divinity. This interpretation is one of many: When the sweetest that dwells within my heart and soul, honours that same light within you, we are one.

Namaste