Yoga means unity and is about the interconnectedness of all things. The Sanskrit root of the word yoga is 'yuj' meaning to ‘yoke’ or ‘join' - to connect. The yoga system offers a vast spectrum of practices that lead us toward connection - with our self, with nature and with others.
Classical yoga teaches us that yoga is the stilling of the turning of the mind and the resultant state of pure awareness. In its earliest manifestation yoga was primarily a seated meditation practice. In the later tradition of haṭha yoga, a range of practical methods were developed in which the body is utilised as a tool by which to calm the mind and to transcend & become free from the mundane world.
Postures, purification techniques and breathing exercises are some of the techniques employed. Haṭha yoga enables the body to become strong and flexible and the mind to become steady and clear. Today in the west, there are a huge number of popular styles of yoga - most of these are essentially different approaches to haṭha yoga and which are informed by the ethics and philosophy of classical yoga.
At Yoga Torquay we give thanks and respect to the Indian origins of yoga. We believe that yoga is ultimately a spiritual practice in which mental clarity and freedom are available through practice and self enquiry. Our teachers have decades of experience and have each practised and trained in a variety of modalities.
You can use the tab on the left to scroll through and find out more about some of the classes we are currently offering. Don't be afraid to experiment with different classes and teachers. You'll know when you've found the right class for you.
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