Our lives are becoming increasingly fast-paced, hectic, demanding and city oriented, often leading us to feel stressed, physically unfit, exhausted, unwell and disconnected from ourselves, others and our natural environment. Yoga offers a wonderful respite from it all.
Yoga is multi-faceted and nourishes and restores our physical and mental wellbeing in a holistic and gentle way. It caresses every aspect of our being from the gross to the subtle, tangible to intangible, physical to mental and intellectual to spiritual. Yoga is transformative and liberates us from our limitations. The beauty of yoga is that it is accessible to us all, whatever our age, gender, ethnicity or beliefs maybe. The practice of yoga begins where you are today and not what the ideal resembles.
Yoga originated in India and was first mentioned in ancient Sanskrit works that date back to the first civilisations of the Indus Valley. It was codified by Sage Patanjali as a system of practices, in his classic treatise, the Yoga Aphorisms (Sutras), 2000 years ago. Between the fourteenth and seventieth century manuals of yoga practices were written, the principle manual being the Light on the Yoga of Force (Hatha Yoga Pradipika).
A number of nineteenth and twentieth century yoga teachers (gurus) have spread the philosophy abroad through their teachings. They include the likes of: Krishnamacharya, Swami Shivananda, Swami Satyananda, Parmahansa Yogananda and Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar. The style of teaching of each school varies but the essence of each is Hatha Yoga. There has been an explosion of yoga in the west over the past thirty years and some styles of modern ‘yoga’ bear little resemblance to its true essence.
I see Essence of Yoga as being a resource for shared learning and a platform for catalysing positive change. Essence of Yoga will remain dynamic and grow and evolve with me, on my life-long journey through yoga.
‘’Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more.” William Cowper.
Anita Shah – Yoga Teacher
British Wheel of Yoga