Learn about the effects of yoga
Yoga has countless benefits. You can start with yoga to become more flexible and strong. You may find that you sleep better. That you are more concentrated at work.
As soon as you start practicing regularly you will probably notice the changes.
The effects of yoga on your life
- Better focus at work
- Improved sleep
- Decrease back pain
- Personal growth
- A calmer mind
- Enhanced athletic ability
- Spiritual growth
- More energy
- Happier mood
- Become fully aware
- Balanced mood
- Toned body
The science of yoga originates from the culture around the Indus-Sarasvati river in India more than 5000 years ago, and is elaborated in classical writings.Patanjali’s experiences are collected in the Patanjali sutras, dated between 200 BC and 200 CE. These writings include the description of Patanjali’s eightfold path. Another fundamental text is the 15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika. This text is based on older Sanskrit texts and Yogi Swatamarama’s yoga experiences. It includes topics such as shatkarma, asana, pranayama, chakras, kundalini, bandha, kriyas, shakti, nadis en mudras.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1889-1989) emphasized yoga asana practice. Many modern forms of Hatha Yoga originate from the school of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. He taught yoga from 1924 until his passing in 1989. A number of his students have popularized yoga in the West, especially Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of the vigorous Astanga Vinyasa Yoga style, B.K.S. Iyengar, who emphasizes alignment and the use of props, and Indra Devi and Krishnamacharya’s son T.K.V. Desikachar, who developend the Viniyoga style. Concurrent with Krishnamacharya’s influence, Swami Sivananda van Rishikesh (1887-1963) and his followers have contributed to spreading yoga in the West. His followers include Swami Vishnu-Devananda – founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Swami Satyananda – of the Bihar School of Yoga, and Swami Satchidananda – of Integral Yoga.
The Eight folded path of Yoga
The ultimate connection is reached through concentration and meditation. Patanjali describes Raja Yoga as the process of reunification with the Devine through the Eightfold Path of Yoga, which consists of:
- Yama: socio-ethical precepts
- Niyama: personal ethical disciplines
- Asana: body postures
- Pranayama: breathing exercises
- Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses
- Dharana: mental concentration
- Dhyana: meditation or uninterrupted mental focus
- Samadhi: union with the Supreme through deep meditation
Astanga Yoga Weekend Workshop
With Kino MacGregor
Starting on 11 August 2017
We are very honored to welcome back Kino for a long weekend of teachings in Amsterdam this summer. In her unique, inspirational and playful approach Kino helps all her students expand and deepen their understanding of yoga and life.
Sva Dharma Teachings: Living & Sharing the Wisdom Teachings of Yoga
With Katiza Satya
27 August 2017
Delight Academy Open Day: Exploring the Sva-Dharma Teachings and touching the essence of the main practices together.
The Path of Astanga Yoga
With Claudia Pradella & Eva Ugolini
Starting on 16 December 2017
An In-depth study of Primary Series in its traditional method as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore. Through the direct experience of teachers who have been part of this Astanga Vinyasa lineage for a long time, you will be guided through the deeper experience of this unique system based on a one-to-one approach