What is Yoga?

A practice for every body that creates health and balance

Yoga creates harmony

The word ‘yoga’ comes from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. Yoga is the union between you and you. It’s the way to get to know yourself better. Yoga creates harmony between mind, body and brain. If these are all connected properly, the result is a healthy body and a balanced life. No matter what’s going on in our lives, whether that includes long working days, daily pressures, a busy family life or social commitments, through yoga we can manage to stay healthy and balanced.

An essential part of Indian culture

In India, yoga is an essential part of our history and culture. It’s seen as an important daily practice to maintain both physical and mental health. My grandfather started teaching me how to chant mantras and practise yoga when I was 9-years-old. I grew up with it and knew from an early age that I would live a life filled with yoga. 

What Is Yoga?
What Is Yoga?

Yoga is for everyone

I think it’s important that yoga is known as a practice for every body. Many people think you have to be young, thin and flexible to practise yoga. Or that it’s only for women. In reality, yoga is for everyone, you can be any age or any level of fitness.

Yoga is universal knowledge. Although the practice has its roots in Asia, yoga doesn’t belong to you or me. We’re all connected to our own roots and to the roots of yoga, it’s part of our natural being. My intention is to show that a yoga practice can be very simple but very beneficial to your daily life. You don’t need fancy clothes, an expensive mat or to meditate for hours. Yoga is about connecting with yourself in any place at any time.

Ravi embodies the essence of yoga...

"I found that Ravi embodies the essence of Yoga and, like no other teacher I have met, with simplicity and grace provides a holding for the finer aspects of Yoga to start taking shape in myself, a slow but profound undoing of my resistance to Oneness. Yoga by resonance of mind and body with the teacher, I have only found this with Ravi. If you want real Yoga and are accepting of deep transformation, Ravi is the one to set you on the course and keep you on it. I wouldn't be where I am now within myself, if it was not for what I learned from Ravi."

Ane

Benefits of yoga

Yoga is not only a physical exercise. It has many benefits for our mental, emotional and spiritual health too.

By practising yoga and working with our breath, our body gets realigned, our vitality increases and our mind becomes calm. Yoga can help tremendously with managing stress in our lives and maintaining physical and mental health.

You don’t need to practise for hours to feel the benefits. Just 10 minutes a day can change your life. Doing a few postures with the right alignment and breath can have more benefit than a 1-hour yoga class that’s not properly aligned or grounded.

Aspects of yoga

Hatha yoga practice includes the following elements:

  • Asana: yoga postures
  • Pranayama: breathing techniques
  • Mantra: chanting or reciting
  • Mudra: hand gestures
  • Shatkriyas and Shatkarmas: cleansing techniques
What Is Pranayama?

What is pranayama?

Pranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम prāṇāyāma) is yogic science based on the expansion of prana shakti, our life force energy. 

The breath is a tool to improve the quality and quantity of prana in the body, but pranayama is more subtle than just breath. When we’re working with pranayama we’re working with energy channels, called nadis, and the breath helps the body to maintain this life force power. It stimulates each organ to work in the right manner and heightens our level of consciousness. 

Stress, poor maintenance of our health or certain thoughts can create blockages in our system. Working with the principles of pranayama can help clear our nadis to ensure energy circulates in our system the way it’s meant to. The result is that we feel lighter, fitter and healthier, both physically and mentally. Since pranayama became part of my daily life, it’s helped me to understand very clearly who I am, what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

What Is Yoga?
What Is Yoga?

Why I teach yoga

I feel truly passionate about teaching yoga and seeing the change in people when they get into the practice. I’ve had students come in with anxiety and fatigue and seen them open up and bloom to experience better health and a happier life.

I love that yoga creates community and this is why I especially enjoy holding retreats. People may arrive as strangers but leave as friends, and we have such a great time, there’s so much fun and joy.

For me personally, yoga was a large part of my healing process after a severe road traffic accident in Goa in November 2020. I spent a month in the ICU and the doctors believed I survived because my body and mind were strong from yoga at the time of the accident. A life with yoga has made me a more loving and patient person and I feel more connected both to myself and to those around me. 

You can read more about Ravi’s background, journey and teaching style on the About page. 

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