About Yoga

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”
Doug Firebaugh

Yoga is many things to many people. It is fitness, it is health, it is relaxation, it is transformation, it is the opening of new possibilities, it is community. Whitespace Yoga was created with the intention of providing a space for people to experience and grow through yoga, in a safe, friendly and non-judgmental environment – regardless of age, size, gender, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Our on-going aim is to help you to a happier, healthier lifestyle, with classes and workshops to suit every-body.

Yoga is as much a philosophy and way of life as it is an exercise. Today most people are practicing asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. In the West, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably. See the History of Yoga for more details.

Many people think that yoga is just stretching. And while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

Our classes are based on Hatha Yoga principles – the most commonly practised style of yoga in the West. Hatha Yoga aims to balance the mind and body with the exploration of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.

A practical tool for real people and easy to incorporate into everyday life, Yoga can be the catalyst to building a stable and healthy lifestyle. After practicing for a few weeks, you’ll begin to experience the benefits of yoga for yourself – helping to relieve the stress of your day, feel healthy and energised and bringing a sense of well-being to your life.

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