Bringing a fresh vibe to Yoga in Manchester area
Yoga means Yoke or Union in Sanskrit language, a language of India, where Yoga originated. Yoga is actually the union of the mind, body and soul and is a philosophy in itself.
At Unity Karate & Holistic Arts our Yoga classes are mainly based on teachings of Bihar School of Yoga and are distinctive for its systematic, holistic, therapeutic and adaptable approach
to Yoga practice.
We bring a fresh vibe to Yoga in Manchester. We enjoy more freedom and reap the great benefits of practicing Yoga. Our classes are never the same. Sequencing of postures (asanas) is designed with well controlled, breath-synchronized movements in mind, and pace as well as intensity varies from class to class. We employ asana, pranayama, shatkarma, mudra, bandha, pratyahara and dharana. All of our classes begin and end with meditation. We focus on the well-being that Yoga brings to the body and soul. We make a great distinctions between Yoga, and "Yoga-based sports programs" available nowadays.
Power or Vinyasa Yoga is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Ashtanga Yoga (Eight limbs) method. Though many consider it to be "gym yoga", this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. It is a form of Yoga which is based on a choreographed sequence of postures known as asanas during which the process, the joints and muscles in the body relax and the energy easily moves. A person who practices Yoga fairly quickly develops strength and flexibility and is able to focus better therefore, the tension in the mind and the body is released.
Moreover, Yoga is not just a mere set of physical postures, or breathing techniques. It is not a religion, or a cult. Yoga is not a sport or competition either. The idea behind it's various techniques of movement, stillness, breathing and meditations is to allow practitioners to cultivate a way of life that is creative, dynamic, flexible and accepting of the various movements of life. Yoga lets one make use of one's body, mind and spirit and bring these three aspects to be in sync with each other, thus ultimately allowing one to enjoy a balanced way of life.
Yoga should be practiced consistently and you must be mindful of what your body can and cannot do or you may risk serious injury, physical as well as mental.
Yoga has no room for ego. Prepare to work hard and work up a sweat, but be aware of ego's competitive nature.
It is amusing and sad to see Yoga become a trend -- just another realm in which people compete to be and have the coolest. Yoga pants, yoga mats, yoga blocks, or who can do more difficult pose, whatever it is -- none of it seems to have anything to do with the practice, purpose and effects of asanas. The spate of injuries is a natural consequence, born of competitiveness, misinformation, impatience and naivete.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali writes that "in each asana (pose) one should find comfort & ease balanced with effort" , not pain!
"Yoga is a science of self-regulation which is a priceless gem in today's disease and worry-ridden world"
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
At Unity Karate & Holistic Arts we find the practice of Yoga being a tremendous help and an awesome addition to already well balanced Karate training. As of now, we practice Yoga in the evening on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but as we grow we are planning for additional classes throughout the week based on the needs and interest of our customers.
"Enjoy the sacred journey to inner harmony.
Yoga is a divine gift and the opportunity to practice it is a blessing.”
- David Swenson