New Yoga Class starting at St Francis Church in Guildford on Thursday evenings

October 25, 2011

New Yoga class starting at St Francis Church in Guildford on Thursday evenings!

I hold 2 classes of Hatha Yoga every week, both the Church rooms where my Yoga classes are  held are warm & welcoming, the Church room in Pirbright has a very tranquil setting and overlooks beautiful fields.Every body is welcome, you don’t have to be fit, flexible, strong or have good balance to give it a try, equally even if you are all of those things, Yoga can provide you with healthy challenges. Make some time for YOU! Beginners are welcome to all classes. * All classes are £10 and all classes are drop-in (ie. no need to book!). * You can buy a book of 6 classes for £50 or a book of 10 classes for £80 * Equipment supplied. * If you have any injuries, medical conditions or particular concerns please discuss these with Jade at the start of the class.

Day:  Wednesday

  Time:  7-8.30pm

Venue:  The Parish Church Room at St Michael & All Angels Church, Church Lane, Pirbright, GU24 0JJ. The Church room is behind St Michaels & All Angels Church on the left hand side. If you go through the main church gate, follow the path upto the church and then take a left, you will see the Church room door around the corner. Please park as close to or on the curb, as the road is quite narrow.


Day:  Thursday

Time: 7 – 8.30pm

Venue: The Parish Church Room at St Francis Church, Beckingham Road, Guildford, GU2 8BN. 

Yoga & Fitness by B.K.S Iyengar

October 25, 2011

Yoga & Fitness:

Most types of exercise are competitive.Yoga , although non- competitive, is nevertheless challenging.The challenge is to one’s will power. It is a competition between one’s self and one’s body.

Exercise usually involves quick and forceful body movements. It has repeated actions which often lead to exertion, tension and fatigue.Yoga asanas, on the other hand, involve movements which bring stability to the body, the senses, the mind, the intellect and finally the conscience. The very essence of an asana is steady movement, a process that does not simply end, but finds fulfillment in tranquility.

Most diseases are caused by fluctuations in the brain and in the behavioral pattern of the body.In yogic practice, the brain is quietened, the senses are stilled, and the perceptions are altered, all generating a calm feeling of detachment.With practise, the student of yoga learns to treat the brain as an object and the body as a subject.Energy is diffused from the brain to the other parts  of the body. The brain and body then work together and the energy is balanced between the two.Yoga is thus termed ‘sarvaanga sadhana’ or ‘holisitic practice’

No other form of excersise so completely involves the mind and self with the body, resulting in all round development and harmony.Other forms of exercise address only particular parts of the body.Such terms are termed ‘angabhaga sadhana’ or physical excercise.

Stimulative Exercise:

Yoga asanas are stimulative exercises, while other endurance exercises are irrative. For instance medical experts claim that  jogging stimulates the heart.In fact , though the heartbeat of the jogger increases, the heart is not stimulated  in the yogic sense of being energized and invigorated.In yoga backbends for example, are more physically demanding than jogging, but the heart beats are a steady, rythmic pace.

Asanas do not lead to breathlessnes.When practicing yoga, strength and power play separate roles to achieve a perfect balance in every part of the body, as well as the mind.After such stimulating exercise, a sense of rejuvenation and a fresh surge of energy follow.

Exercise can be exhausting.Many forms of exercise require physical strength and endurance and can lead to fatigue after 10-15 minutes of practise.Many such exercises improve energy levels by boosting nerve function, but ultimately, this exhausts the cellular reserves and the endocrine glands.Cellular toxins increase and though circulation is enhanced, it is at the cost of irritating the other body systems and increasing the pulse rate and blood pressure.Ultimately the heart is taxed and overworked.

An athlete’s strong lung capacity is achieved by hard, forceful usage, which is not conducive to preserving the health of the lungs.Furthermore, ordinary physical excersise , such as jogging, tennis or football, lends itself to repetitive injuries of the bones , joints and ligaments.

Such forms of exercise work with- and for – the skeletal and muscular systems.They cannot penetrate beyond these limits. But Asanas penetrate each layer of the body, and ultimately, the consciousness itself.Only in Yoga can you keep both the body and mind relaxed, even as you stretch, extend, rotate and flex your body.Yoga unlike other forms of exercise, keeps the nervous system elastic and capable of bearing stress.Although all forms of exercise bring a feeling of well being, they also stress the body.Yoga refreshes the body , while other systems exhaust it.Yoga involves the equal exertion of all parts of the body and does not over strain any one part.In other forms of exercise , the movements are restricted to a part of parts.They are reflex actions, which do not involve the intelligence in their execution.There is little space for precision and perfection, without extra expenditure of energy.

Yoga can be practiced at any age, with advancing age, phyiscially vigorous exercises cannot be performed easily because  of stiffening joints and muscles that have lost tone.Isometric exercises, for example, cannot be practiced with increasing age, as they lead to sprained muscles, painful joints, strained body systems and the degeneration of organs. The great advantage of Yoga is that it can be practiced by anyone, irrespective of age, sex and physical condtion.

In fact Yoga is particularly beneficial in middle age and after.Yoga is a gift to older people when recuperative power of the body is declining and resistance to illness is weakened.Yoga generates energy and does not dissipate it.With Yoga one can look forward to a satisfying, healthier future, rather than reflecting on one’s youthful past.

Unlike other exercises, Yoga results in concentration of immunity cells in areas affected by disease, and thus improves immunity.That is why the ancient sages called Yoga a therapeutic as well as a preventative science.

Yoga, the way to Health!

October 04, 2011

Yoga, the way to Health!

Good health results from perfect communication between each part of the body and mind, when each cell communes with every other.Although yoga is essentailly a spiritual science, it leads to a sense of physical and emotional well- being.

Health is not just freedom from disease. For good health, the joints, tissues, muscles, cells, nerves, glands and each system of the body must be in a state of perfect balance and harmony.

Health is the equilibrium of the body, mind, intellect and soul.

Health is like the flowing water of a river, always fresh and pure, in a constant state of flux. Humans are a combination of the senses of perception, the organs of action, the mind, the intelligence, the inner consciousness, and the conscience. Each of these is worked on by the practice of Yoga.

Yoga asanas help to ensure an even distribution of bio-energy, or life force, which brings the mind to a state of calm. A practitioner of Yoga faces life not as a victim, but as a master, in control of his or her life situations, circumstances and environment.

Asanas balance the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, hormonal, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems perfectly.The equilibrium in the body then brings mental peace and enhances the intellectual clarity.

Asanas cater to the needs of each individual according to his or her specific constitution and physical condition.They involve vertical, horizontal and cyclical movements, which provide energy to the system by directing the blood supply to the areas of the body that need it most. In Yoga, each cell is observed, attended to and provided with a fresh supply of blood, allowing it to function smoothly.

The mind is naturally active and dynamic, while the soul is luminous. However, unhealthy bodies tend to house inert, dull and sluggish minds. It is the practice of Yoga which removes this sluggishness from the body and brings it to the level of the active mind. Ultimately, both the body and mind rise to the level of the illuminated self.

The practice of Yoga stimulates and changes emotional attitudes, converting apprehensiveness into courage, indecision and poor judgement into positive decision making skills, and emotional instability into confidence and mental equilibrium.