Yoga

Yoga is an ancient discipline originating in India. The word Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘yolk’ in the Sanskrit language. This can be interpreted as the union between body, mind and spirit, and the union of the individual self to the Universal Self (the individual being connected with the whole of creation). 

In the West, we are usually introduced to yoga through asana (postures), which is only one of the eight 'limbs' of yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 

Claire’s yoga classes focus on the practice of asana with awareness to pranayama (breath), bandhas (energy locks) and drishti (gaze point). The inner stability created from this focus makes the physical practice a meditation in motion. Claire believes yoga asana work is not how far we can stretch or contort the body, but a balance between effort and ease. She encourages yoga students to challenge themselves without straining, to enjoy a more harmonious, relaxed state of being. Through regular practice of yoga you can:

• energise and refresh the body and mind
• build strength and increase stamina
• tone the body and improve flexibility
• develop body and breath control
• improve circulation, digestion and respiration
• improve concentration
• calm the central nervous system and reduce stress 
• promote a feeling of general well being.

Claire teaches hatha yoga, power yoga, and pregnancy yoga. Please see Classes for details.

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