FAQs

Common Questions

What is ‘Yoga’?

Yoga is an ancient art that comes from India; the name translates as creating union. This concept of creating union is expressed in the philosophical perspective that our lives are an energetic combination of body, mind and spirit.  The physical action of the yoga poses serve to challenge the practitioner to create balance, strength and […]

Yoga as a Therapy?

It is widely known that Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well-being, but when Yoga is practiced with a therapeutic intention in the form of Yoga Therapy, it can help prevent and aid recovery from physical and mental ailments.  Yoga has long been practiced with therapeutic intentions as way of transforming both the body […]

What is Sukhashanti Yoga?

The method of Sukhashanti yoga was developed by Noah Mckenna, and the practice at Yogita Yoga is based on Noah’s sequence.  Sukhashanti is the term he uses to describe his approach to Hatha Yoga.  In Sanskrit sukha means comfortable, easy and happy and shanti means peace.  He chose this combination to emphasise that peacefulness is […]

Healing and Preventing Wrist Injuries

Few things put the brakes on a yoga practice like a wrist injury.  And though it may seem like the injury is the result of your practice, the cause actually lies in the imbalanced way we use our wrists in daily life. Once we become aware of these imbalances, asana practice can become a powerful […]

Yoga Therapy for Your Knees

If you have chronic pain in your knees, if they “snap, crackle, and pop” when you bend or extend them, or if they tend to hyperextend, you may have improper tracking of the kneecap.  This misalignment causes the most common kind of chronic knee pain and damage to the knee joint, which develop slowly aver […]

Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

Do you experience stinging pain at the back of your pelvis on one side when you bend, twist or stand up after a long period of sitting?  This is a likely indicator of sacroiliac instability.  Gentle adjustments and a targeted yoga routine can relieve pain in your SI joints and lower back.  Click here for […]

Back Pain Truths and Dispelling Myths

Have you ever wondered about the connection between your emotional state (e.g. stress) and how your body responds (e.g. back pain)?  Have you had chronic pain but with no luck getting a concrete diagnosis?   This article by James Bone sheds some light on what “pain” is, some common misconceptions, how the media plays a role […]

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga is a philosophy not a religion, its historical origins are deeply rooted in the ancient Indian cultural traditions associated with Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.  As such, while yoga does have rituals and spiritual texts associated with its heritage, it does not have exclusive doctrines that preclude any religion.  The aim of yoga is to […]

Healing and Preventing Injuries

Yoga as a Therapy?

It is widely known that Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well-being, but when Yoga is practiced with a therapeutic intention in the form of Yoga Therapy, it can help prevent and aid recovery from physical and mental ailments.  Yoga has long been practiced with therapeutic intentions as way of transforming both the body […]

Healing and Preventing Wrist Injuries

Few things put the brakes on a yoga practice like a wrist injury.  And though it may seem like the injury is the result of your practice, the cause actually lies in the imbalanced way we use our wrists in daily life. Once we become aware of these imbalances, asana practice can become a powerful […]

Yoga Therapy for Your Knees

If you have chronic pain in your knees, if they “snap, crackle, and pop” when you bend or extend them, or if they tend to hyperextend, you may have improper tracking of the kneecap.  This misalignment causes the most common kind of chronic knee pain and damage to the knee joint, which develop slowly aver […]

Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

Do you experience stinging pain at the back of your pelvis on one side when you bend, twist or stand up after a long period of sitting?  This is a likely indicator of sacroiliac instability.  Gentle adjustments and a targeted yoga routine can relieve pain in your SI joints and lower back.  Click here for […]

Back Pain Truths and Dispelling Myths

Have you ever wondered about the connection between your emotional state (e.g. stress) and how your body responds (e.g. back pain)?  Have you had chronic pain but with no luck getting a concrete diagnosis?   This article by James Bone sheds some light on what “pain” is, some common misconceptions, how the media plays a role […]

Can I Practice Yoga after an Injury or Operation?

As with all physical and mental conditions, you have to rely on the medical advice of your doctor.  If he/she suggests that yoga would be beneficial in to the recovery of your condition, there shouldn’t be a reason not to practice.  However, it is critically important that you let the teacher know about your condition […]

Injuries through Yoga?

Getting injured in yoga does occur from time to time, especially with yoga being sometimes taught in large, gym-like classes with little or no feedback from the teacher and an often competitive atmosphere.  While Hatha yoga is a form of physical activity, which by nature can involve risks, the reduction of yoga to just Asana […]

Yoga History & Philosophy

The Yamas and Niyamas in a Nutshell

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two parts of Patanjali’s yoga of 8-limbs.   The ‘Yamas’ are principles to develop disciplines that helps us interact mindfully with the outside world: 1)     Ahimsa: non-harming, including ourselves; developing a sensitivity to all living beings 2)     Satya: truthfulness; being honest but not hurtful with your words 3)     […]

Yoga as a Philosophy and Practice

“Yoga is at once a philosophy and a practice.  As a philosophy, yoga is the voice of the sages telling us clearly who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.  As a practice, yoga is a technique developed by the sages to help us awaken our dormant abilities, to strengthen our […]

An Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

The 156 verses of the Yoga Sutras, written or compiled by the Sage Patanjali around 200 years BCE, create a sophisticated map of mind and consciousness. The sutras consist of four chapters or padas. The English word “suture” is related to the Sanskrit word “sutra” and highlights the concept that the verses were strung together […]

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

In order to still and observe the mind, Patanjali (the ‘father of yoga’) presents a system called Ashtanga Yoga, or the Eight-Limbed Yoga.  These limbs represent the essential aspects of the Yoga system. The first two limbs that Patanjali begins with are the fundamental ethical precepts called Yamas and Niyamas.  The attitude we have toward […]

What is ‘Yoga’?

Yoga is an ancient art that comes from India; the name translates as creating union. This concept of creating union is expressed in the philosophical perspective that our lives are an energetic combination of body, mind and spirit.  The physical action of the yoga poses serve to challenge the practitioner to create balance, strength and […]

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