About YOGA
What is YOGA?
The word “YOGA” derives from Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means the union of body and mind Yoga is ancient but yet amrita (nectar), gift for the modern life. Yoga is that tool which uproots numerous types of diseases. Yoga balances the body and mind, decreases stress and tensions, improves your relations, and improves your personality. “Spend some time on the yoga program daily with us, after some days you will tell us I was never happy and healthy like this before.”

To help you understand clearly about Yoga, we have some useful information for you:

Is yoga just stretching?
Although yoga involves stretching your muscles, it is a whole different ballgame than the few warm-up stretches you might do at the gym. Let's look at a few of the ways yoga is different:
  • Yoga places emphasis on alignment, meaning that how you are touching your toes is more important than whether you can actually touch them or not.
  • Most yoga poses are not stretching an isolated area, but rather involve the whole body in both stretching and strengthening.
  • Many of today’s most popular yoga styles are vinyasa/flow. This means there is movement from pose to pose with an awareness of the breath, making this style of yoga very fluid.
  • Asana, or the physical practice of postures, in only one aspect of a yoga practice, albeit the most well-known one these days. Even if you only engage in yoga through asana practice (an excellent place to start), be aware of the eight limbs of yoga.
Does my body have to be flexible?

We all have different bodies and we think that's something to celebrate. There are some people who will never be able to put their feet behind their ears but so what?! Those who can look impressive but it doesn't make them healthier or happier than anyone else. That said, we do believe that you should work to improve your flexibility. Better flexibility means better circulation means a healthier body. But the fact is you don't have to have the hamstrings of a gymnast to benefit from the yoga we teach.

We will help you to find your place in every Yoga pose.

Can anybody practice yoga?
Yes, of course! Yoga is not a religion so anybody can practice it, regardless of your faith.
  • Children can also do it - though we'd advise only children from age 9 and upward to do it, whilst the younger ones should do meditation postures to relax them.
  • Some yogic poses should be avoided by pregnant ladies and people with heart problem, high blood pressure and chronic illnesses (e.g. cancer). People of mixed abilities or even disabilities are also very welcome to do it.
Is yoga good for health? Can it cure illness and diseases?
Yoga focuses on deep breathing, and requires natural relaxation of mind and body. It stimulates both internal and external system and therefore fights lot of the illnesses.
Why is yoga important in this modern world?
When the sages of old were formatting the rules and disciplines of yoga, life around them was quiet and peaceful. There was plenty of time for self development and introspection. Compare that to our modern world, with its phones and TVs it's noise and hustle and bustle. As human beings we have little or no time to reflect on our days and to come to grow as spiritual beings. Work and family stress has made us more depressed and cause insomnia. Yoga helps to relieve this.
Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, for private classes. We provide classes in bundles with time limit. This ensures that you dedicate a minimum number of classes to yourself and see the benefits.

After all, we believe you are worth investing in! For companies and organizations, we provide corporate yoga packages.

Full payment is made prior to starting a class.

How often should I practice Yoga?

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (founder of Ashtanga Yoga) once said “practice and all is coming”. He was right. Shiva Yoga is intended to be a daily practice. However don't be discouraged if you can't always find time, we know just how hectic life can be.

If you are able to get on your mat at least twice a week, you will soon see your body changing in the most wonderful ways; becoming stronger, suppler and more toned. You should also find yourself dealing better with some of the more tricky things that life throws at us from time to time.

Is it normal to find the first few classes difficult?

Yes! Shiva Yoga is much more cardio vascular than most people imagine. The more you practice the stronger and suppler your body will become and so, in turn, the more you will enjoy your practice.

With a bit of dedication you'll make rapid progress. Shiva Yoga is demanding but it is also invigorating. Our relaxation exercises at the end of every practice will ensure you leave feeling calm and content!

Bliss.

Can men do Yoga?

Obviously, the short answer is yes. Until very recently, in fact, yoga was practiced exclusively by men. But many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misconception: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it. Since yoga has been practiced by men for so long, many of the poses actually make more sense for a man's body and some require a lot of upper body strength, which women often lack at first.

For inspiration, menfolk need look no further than to some of yoga's most influential contemporary teachers, such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Bikram Choudhury, Rodney Yee, and Baron Baptiste, to name a few. So, it turns out the long answer is also yes!

Is Yoga for everyone?
Once upon a time, yoga outside of India was most often done on communes by vegetarians. Although yoga comes by this reputation honestly, these days everyone from doctors to CEOs is trying yoga. Anyone can begin a yoga practice, even someone who is not naturally flexible. If the idea of a noncompetitive, challenging form of exercise that you can do anywhere and progress at you own pace is appealing to you, give it a try.
What should I bring?
Shiva Yoga can be a sweaty business so we recommend that you wear clothing that is easy to move in and bring something warm to wear afterwards.