The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj. It means to bind, to join, and to attach. Yoga engages the body and unites it with the mind and the soul. Yoga is a yoke. It promotes union and communion. Yoga is a practice that cultivates overall health and energy in the body, clarity and discipline in the mind, and self-esteem and self- understanding in the spirit.
With a steady practice of yoga, you will observe positive changes in all areas of your life. We are eager to share this mentality with yogis of all experience levels. Whether you're a long time yogi or you're just beginning your journey with yoga, we have something to offer you. Enhance your mental, spiritual and physical health through the art of yoga.
“We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides.”
B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
Iyengar yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar.
This method of yoga is orderly and progressive. It’s main characteristics are alignment, sequencing and timing. Poses are held for long periods of time and often modified with props like blocks, bolster, ropes, and chairs to accommodate any body type. By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision.
Iyengar yoga has a health aspect to help people with illness, injury, and other medical conditions. B.K.S. Iyengar also developed restorative poses to reset our nervous, mental and skeletal system. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness for everyone, regardless of age or limitation.
Namastday Yoga encourages everyone to read the book Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar, which is considered, universally, to be the bible of yoga.
Ashtanga literally means 8 limbs. They are described by Patanjali as Yama (social discipline), Niyama (individual discipline), Asana (Postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption).
Ashtanga yoga, practiced in its correct sequenced order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness.
Strength, stamina, and sweat are unique aspects of this traditional yoga. Breathing is the most fundamental and vital act of the primary series. This demanding practice requires considerable effort to purify the nervous system. The mind then becomes lucid and precise.
There are three groups of sequences in the Ashtanga system. The primary series detoxifies and aligns the body. The intermediate series purifies the nervous system. The advanced series integrates the strength, flexibility and humility.
Practice, practice, practice, it is said that where there is no effort, there is no benefit.
Hatha in Sanskrit means sun (ha) and moon (tha). Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.
Hatha Flow is also called Vinyasa, which means the breath is synchronized with movement. The breath is the heart of this discipline and links asana to asana in a precise order. By synchronizing movement with breathing, an intense internal heat is produced. This heat purifies muscles and organs, expelling unwanted toxins as well as releasing beneficial hormones and minerals.