No one knows exactly when Yoga began, but it certainly predates written history, with the first mention of yoga in Vedic knowledge texts, dating back 5000 years ago. One of the earliest Indian civilisations practised and promoted yoga as a way of life. In ancient Vedic language of Sanskrit, the root of the word yoga “yug” means yolk, to join, to unite. Yoga is the science of the mind and the spiritual development which unites the body, the soul and the spirit.
For years yoga practice was kept secret and only the men practised yoga regularly, preparing the ancient sages before battles, to calm the mind, to focus and to achieve enlightenment. Men were the teachers and practitioners of yoga until early 20th century, before the very first woman was allowed to study and teach yoga. It became widely known in the 1960’s, as part if the growing interest in anything Eastern. As more became known about the beneficial effects of yoga, it gained acceptance and respect as a valuable method for helping in the management of stress, anxiety and improving health and well-being. Yoga is now experienced internationally by both men and women, with it now predominately focusing on the more physical aspect rather than the philosophical and spiritual side.
Many physicians and NHS recommend yoga practice for different conditions like back pain, arthritis, depression, heart disease and over all wellness. Yoga is all inclusive, there is a style for everyone, whether you have mobility issues, are pregnant, children or just trying to improve your fitness level.
Here at Soo Yoga we are proud to provide a variety of classes from vigorous styles of yoga to increase fitness like Hot Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa; to more gentle styles like Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra and meditation classes. Before booking your class please familiarise yourself with the different styles available.