The practice of Yoga is a mind – body connection with a history that can be traced back over 5,000 years. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yui which means to yoke or bind.
It is believed some 2,000 years ago, an Indian sage, Patanjali collated the practice of Yoga into the Yoga Sutra. This collection of statements serves as a philosophical guidebook for the numerous styles of yoga that are practiced today. It outlines Eight Limbs which include the physical postures (called asana) with breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dhyani).
More recently, yoga has become a popular form of exercise with most people practicing yoga engaged in the third limb asana. These poses are practiced regularly to open the body, improving flexibility and strength required to sit for long periods in meditation (dhyani). Not only does yoga have many physical benefits it also helps lower stress levels.
There are many different styles of yoga with most forms in the west classified as Hatha Yoga which refers to the practice of asana. So, Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram…. are all Hatha yoga. Hatha Yoga is aimed at calming the mind, body and spirit in preparation for meditation.
Kylie holds her 200-hour teacher qualifications and has done further studies including Yin yoga as well as Pre and Post-natal yoga.