Yoga originated in India around 5,000 years ago. The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word which translates as ‘union’ or ’joining’
Anyone can do Yoga. Yoga can be adapted for all, whatever your ability. Yoga incorporates more than just stretching and moving, it is also breath work, meditation and relaxation. You will find within this practice an acceptance, regardless of your experience or capabilities.
In most western classes the Yoga practised is Asana (postures), the physical practice using the body. Classes with Virginia also include some other Yoga techniques, particularly Pranayama (breathing) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Therefore Virginia offers you a complete authentic Yoga experience inclusive of all the practices Yoga offers and this makes it inclusive for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability.
Physical benefits of doing Yoga can include reduced back pain, reduced muscular and mental tension, improved circulation, relief of pain/stiffness, improved hand/eye coordination, improved balance, strength, energy, endurance and resilience and many more!
Mental and emotional benefits include an increase in mental clarity and focus, calmness, less stress, improvement of mood and well being, decrease in anxiety and depression, improved sleep and much more!
Ayurveda evolved in India, and is considered to be the world’s oldest healthcare system and is the sister science of Yoga. Traditionally Yoga and Ayurveda are always practised together. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’.
An Ayurvedic approach is entirely holistic. It aims to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, maintaining balance, preventing illness, treating acute conditions, and contributing to a long and healthy life.
Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakriti (Ayurvedic constitution), taking into account his or her needs for nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, social interaction, and other lifestyle elements. Ayurvedic practices incorporate diet, physical Yoga exercises, breathing, meditation and massage therapy.