About Yoga

What is Yoga?

That's a big question! More than just exercise, Yoga is about self-awareness. 

Yoga is a holistic system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person and the capacity of each person to realise their human potential, known as self-realisation. It is an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition in India and the Himalayas around 5000 years ago.

Yoga is primarily about the nature and the workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry. The common practices of Yoga involve: breathing, body postures and movements, meditation and guided relaxation to bring about a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.

At Momentum Coaching and Yoga we are committed to teaching Yoga in it's authentic form, whilst making it appropriate, understandable, effective and enjoyable for today's modern times.

What are the Benefits of Yoga?

The practice of Yoga on a regular and systematic basis leads to a more well-rounded personality, internal peacefulness and clarity of mind. Yoga is a system designed to cultivate greater health, well-being and happiness on all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

What Does Yoga Involve? 

Yoga is typically practiced with a teacher in a class that goes from 1-1.5 hours.  Students can also practice private yoga with a teacher, one-on-one. Once students learn and can practice yoga safely, according to their own needs, if they feel inclined, a self-practice can also be developed for home.  Having a self-practice allows students to really evolve through yoga.

At Momentum we teach daily classes in Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga - including the approaches of vinyasa and yin yoga - is one of the many types of yoga designed to move energy through the body, balancing it systemically, whilst calming the mind.  

Authentic yoga practice includes a combination of: physical postures (called asana); breath exercises (called pranayama); sound/chanting (called mantra); guided relaxation (called yoga nidra) and/or meditation. We also discuss the ethical principles and philosophy of yoga in classes at Momentum. This is aimed at helping students to effectively understand their yoga experience in class and transfer their learning to meet the practicalities and challenges of everyday life. 

How Does Yoga Work?

Whether we realise it or not, our lives tend to be driven by satisfying the endless desires of our egoic mind.

We easily get caught in sensory pleasures, incessant thoughts and have the tendency to rush through life from one thing to the next, without fully appreciating and attending to our experience in the present moment.  This drains us and creates imbalances in our mental, nervous and emotional systems - and we aren't designed to be like this!

Yoga allows us our body to be vitally healthy, to see through our mind more clearly and to access the wisdom of our heart. 

The practices work by uniting and focusing our attention and action, bringing us more mindfully into the present moment. In yoga we are encouraged to notice whatever is going on in our body and in our mind, with full acceptance and without judgment. Being present and attentive to ourselves like this has the effect of calming us down and softening our heart. 

If you happen to observe a yoga student during practice, you will probably notice several things. They will be focused and centred on what they are doing. They will be moving mindfully and steadily, without force or strain. They will be breathing with a fuller breath. And they will be enjoying it.  

Are there any pre-requisites for yoga? Do I need to be flexible?

Bali Retreat Momentum Coaching and Yoga 2012All you need to practice yoga is a willingness to learn. There are no other prerequisites.

And you do not need to be flexible - you will develop flexibility!

At Momentum we teach students of all levels of fitness and physicality.  If you have any health concerns, consult your doctor before starting.  We will happily receive their referral.  Many medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis or back injury can be alleviated through regular yoga practice. 

Whether or not you have a specific goal in mind - such as relieving stress, learning to relax, gaining flexibility, strengthening the lower back, gaining peace of mind or developing your spirituality - yoga will help with your capacity to set and accomplish your goals.

If you're new, we encourage you to try our Beginners Yoga Courses and our Beginners Meditation Courses that give a thorough grounding in the basics of the practice. 

If you've been with us or practicing yoga for a while and are ready to commit to a deeper level of self-discovery and inner peace, then we recommend joining us on a retreat or a workshop. These events are held regularly throughout the year, so keep an eye on out for updates on our Facebook page and in our newsletters.

It is important to understand that there are many different styles and teachers of yoga, and different people require different approaches and practices. Finding those teachers that are right for you is essential - and could make the difference to you liking or disliking yoga.  

Yoga - the Real Deal

Yoga grew from the need to understand the various aspects of human experience, from the physical to our more subtle inner-workings. It provides a system for helping us to understand and manage ourselves. For healing and strengthening the body. For feeling emotions. For being the best person we can be. 

Ultimately, yoga is about transformation, not hamstrings. Authentic yoga will open your eyes to a surprising level of growth - your health, your habits, your attitude, your love - your LIFE. 

We wish you an enjoyable yoga journey!


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