What is yoga?

Women in childs pose in yoga class in fitness studio

Yoga revitalises, rejuvenates and re-energises. It is a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of 21st century living – it truly is an ancient remedy for a modern world. Many people think you have to be extremely flexible to do yoga but you don’t! Yoga is for just about everyone, even if you are not very fit or flexible. You soon will be! But at your own pace. All ages are welcome to our classes, and we meet via Zoom at the moment. Classes continue Friday 18 June. All welcome!


This ancient practice is not just a system of physical postures but a practical philosophy that aims at uniting the body, mind and spirit for health, well-being and personal fulfillment. Yoga works on all levels: stimulating all bodily systems, detoxing us, stimulating the circulation and improving overall health. Yoga also has the power to calm the mind, helping us deal with stress better, and become happier, more balanced people. Many of us have forgotten how to relax, and need to re-learn. Yoga helps us to make our way home to ourselves. It is a complete system for personal development, making us feel great both physically and mentally. Students report feeling more energised, self-confident, and stronger both physically and mentally. If you would like to make changes in your life such as giving up smoking or losing weight, you will find that yoga helps you find the inner strength to tackle these things with a determination you never thought possible. It helps us keep looking and feeling great, and when you look and feel better everything gets better.

‘Yoga has the power to keep you looking and feeling good – for life.’ Barbara Currie

The physical ‘asanas’ or postures bridge the divide between the physical and mental spheres, and helps align the right and left sides of the brain leading to a more balanced and positive outlook on life.

‘Yoga illuminates your life’ B. Iyengar

The materialistic world has led to many of us leaving unbalanced lives; we can become seriously ‘out of synch’ with ourselves and we wonder how we got like this.

Many of us know what it is like to have a lot of physical and mental pain. We neglect our bodies due to the demands of modern life. We can even work against ourselves in self-destructive ways such as eating and drinking things which affect our health adversely. We can also suffer mental distress and discomfort through feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and powerlessness. Yoga helps to integrate the mental and physical aspects of our bodies and minds, bringing about a sense of inner and outer balance or alignment.

‘True alignment means that the inner mind reaches every cell and fibre of the body’. B. Iyengar

Yoga and Mindfulness in Suffolk is not just about the physical postures, we combine powerful mindfulness, meditation and visualisation techniques to help us gain maximum benefit from our practice. Everyone has challenges in life, and we all experience stress, but it’s how you deal with stress that is the key. Yoga can help us deal with stress. We become less of a victim, and more able to deal with whatever comes our way in a grounded, calm way. We start saying ‘yes’ to life, and through our mindfulness training, in particular, we begin looking at life with more tenderness, and curiosity. Whatever happens we know we can handle it – and what could be more powerful than that?

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