What is yoga?
The word 'Yoga' came from the Sanskrit root 'yuj' meaning to join, unite. Yoga brings body, mind and spirit into harmony. It has been practised for thousands of years and it has been proven to make the body healthy and the mind calm, so that contentment, balance and harmony can be brought into daily life.
Yoga give us a deeper awareness and understanding of our own needs and the needs of others. It is not a religion but a philosophy which can complement all religions.
Everyone can practise Yoga, even those of us who are unwell. Classical yoga postures, modified where necessary, help us to regain or maintain strength and suppleness of the muscles and joints and improve the functioning of all the body systems. Find out more about Hatha Yoga.
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga aims to treat illness by improving health on all levels simultaneously and by restoring inner harmony. Illness occurs when the total balance of perfect health is disturbed and although the original disrupting influence may only affect one level first, the disturbance soon spreads.
Yoga, as a therapy, emerged in the first half of the twentieth century. Pioneer, Swami Kuvalayananda, used critical, scientific methods in the application of yoga practices to the treatment of medical conditions. Daily practice of a complete yoga programme can restore natural balance and harmony, bringing positive good health to all parts of life - physical, mental and spiritual.
Modern medicine and ancient yogic therapies should be used together. In this way, yoga can help to maximise the effectiveness of modern treatments and alleviate their serious side effects.
All Yoga is considered therapeutic. All our Yoga Therapy Ireland (YTI) qualified teachers have the knowledge, skills and competence to teach in a way that takes age, gender and health concerns into account. Our classes are very safe and can be modified to suit individual needs.
The Old Schoolhouse, Donard, Co. Wicklow. Tel.: 045 404817
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44a Lynwood Ballinteer, Dublin 14. Tel.: 01 298 1663
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20 Auburn Drive, Killiney, Co. Dublin. Tel.: 01 285 7963
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10 Monread Brook, Sallins Road, Naas. Tel.: 045 866197
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251 Riverforest, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Tel.: 01 624 4354
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For a complete list of YTI qualified Yoga Therapists, please contact Maureen Nightingale.