What is Yoga

What is Yoga!?!?!

Yoga means to join, a union of all powers of mind body spirit. According to the Yoga Sutras, a guidebook of wisdom for classical yoga written over 2000 years ago in India, defines yoga as an 8-fold path called ashtanga, which literally means “8 Limbs.” The 8 Limbs or journey basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.

  • Limbs 1 & 2 ~ Yamas & Niyamas ~ The Ethical Disciplines and Observances that guide one towards harmony and a joyful life.
  • Limb 3 ~ Asana ~ Postures to keep the body healthy and strong
  • Limb 4 ~ Pranayama ~ Breath control
  • Limb 5 ~ Pratyahara ~ Withdrawing of the senses
  • Limb 6 ~ Dharana ~ Concentration
  • Limb 7~ Dhyana ~ Meditation
  • Limb 8 ~ Samadhi ~ Enlightenment, Union of Mind Body Spirit

The first 3 limbs are the Outward Journey
The next 2 limbs are the Inward Journey
The last 3 limbs are the Journey of the Soul
The first four limbs of your yoga journey supports concentration on developing a healthy character, acquiring physical skill over your body, and cultivating energetic awareness of yourself, all of which prepares you for the second half of your journey, which deals with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.

There are many styles of yoga that exist today and it can be difficult to figure out which particular one is right for you. Most styles of yoga are based on the same basic yoga poses focused on the outward journey. And the experience of one yoga style can be radically different than another.

At Unity Yoga & Wellness it is our belief that one should create a BALANCED yoga practice of Mind, Body and Spirit.  

Therefore, we offer our commUNITY a variety of yoga classes, special events, and Unity University learning experience workshops.  We believe in the true experience (power) of yoga, joining

Mind, Body & Spirit….. a journey for everyBODY

MIND-ReFresh- Gentle ~ Expand the Mind…..

These classes will focus on MINDful movement.  Majority of these classes are at a relatively slower pace and gentle, great for beginners or students who need a more mindful practice where they hold poses longer to balance an active lifestyle. This style of yoga helps bring peace to mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. It will incorporate Universal Principles of Alignment that underlie all yoga postures, while encouraging flowing with grace and following your heart. The following principles may be addressed within these classes:  proper posture (Asanas, 3rd limb of yoga); proper breathing (Pranayama 4th limb of yoga); proper relaxation (Pratyahara & Dharana 5th & 6th limb of yoga); and meditation (Dhyana, the 7th limb of yoga).  These classes may vary, although most classes are modified for everyBODY some classes may be challenging, so it is a good idea to read individual class description before attending the class.

BODY-ReEnergize-Empower ~ Tend the Body…..

These classes will focus on Posture (asana) and Breath (pranayama) the  3rd and 4th Limbs of yoga. Majority of these classes are modified version of the Ashtanga style of yoga which has been past down from India in its attempt to make yoga more accessible to Western students. Classes can be intense and physical and involves synchronizing the breath with movement (vinyasa) moving through a rapid flow of sun salutations followed by a progressive series of postures—a process when properly done can produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.

These classes may be a set series of poses, or vinyasa style which refers to the continuous flow from one posture to the next, they may also be referred to as a flow class.   It is typically fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging.  Unless otherwise noted these classes require previous yoga experience.

SPIRIT-ReStore-Still ~Feed the Spirit…..

These classes incorporate the 5th 6th 7th and 8th limbs of yoga.  They are gentle, relaxing, passive form of yoga that allows students to release the body and expand the mind and feed the spirit. These classes may focus more on breath rather than posture.  Even though it is passive, this style can be quite challenging due to the long holds, particularly if your mind/ body is not used to it (slowing down).   This style makes use of a wide range of props, including bolsters, blocks, straps and blankets. The intention is to provide support within each pose, making it easier to completely let go. These classes focus on the last 8-limbs of yoga and are therefore all about following and continuing your yoga journey towards inner calmness, focus and stillness without them, we really are not fully practicing yoga. Namaste!  These classes are highly recommended for everyBODY to bring balance to you and your yoga practice!