What is Yoga?
Author: Charley Hickey is a practicing yoga therapist and senior yoga teacher. She 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 can easily be explained easily in one paragraph on a website! If you start to look, you will find infinite explanations, opinions and information. It’s something you can 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). It isn’t absolute though. Practicing is an opportunity to experiment using your own felt sense and experience. This is done by yourself, for yourself with a teacher guiding you through the process. Yoga is a state of being as well as a means of attaining that state of being. A confusing concept to begin with.
Modern yoga has deviated significantly from the traditional spiritual practice that it is based upon. 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. I’d suggest getting along to a class to see for yourself. That could be with us or it might be elsewhere. I suggest 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. In return she invites the students to do the same.