What is Yoga?
Author: Charley Hickey is a practicing yoga therapist and senior yoga teacher who runs group and private beginners yoga near Fremantle & Applecross, Perth WA. She also runs specialised yoga workshops for yoga students & yoga teachers.
Yoga is not something that I believe can be explained easily in one paragraph on a website, if you search the internet you will find infinite explanations, opinions and information that you could spend a lifetime studying (and most of us teachers do!).
Yoga is both a practice and a state of being. “Yoga is a means to quiet the craziness of your hectic mind so that you may glimpse your true nature from time to time.” This is my own interpretation of the yoga sutras (1.2 & 1.3) and isn’t absolute, it’s all really an experiment done by yourself, for yourself. Yoga is a state of being as well as a means of attaining that state of being and this can be a confusing concept.
Modern yoga has deviated significantly from the traditional spiritual practice that it is based upon and undoubtedly what you experience in a class is just the tip of the iceberg. However, the tip is a great place to start and yoga is something to be experienced so I’d suggest getting along to a class, with us or elsewhere and staying wherever you feel happy and comfortable to learn.
I hope to see you soon!
PS. “Namaste” is a greeting that originates from India and is usually said at the end of a yoga class with palms pressed together at the centre of the chest. The teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward her students and her own teachers and in return invites the students to do the same.