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 5-days Mysore Practice
With Maria Paola Stefani & Sergio Rossetti
Starting on 11 July 2018
Lino Miele’s most senior teachers, Maria Paola and Sergio will be with us in Amsterdam from 11 to 15 July 2018. They run the Astanga Yoga Research Institute in Rome and have nearly 20 years experience teaching astanga in the traditional method.
Astanga Yoga: Practice Foundation Course
With Jurre & Megan
Starting on 01 September 2018
Would you like to broaden your understanding of astanga yoga or would you like to establish a regular practice? Get confident with the three main aspects of the astanga yoga system: breath, bandhas and drishti and get a solid base from which you can continue your self-practice.
Prison Yoga Workshop
With James Fox
Starting on 29 September 2018
Share the power of yoga with people impacted by trauma. The Prison Yoga Project, in collaboration with Delight Yoga, is offering a special workshop for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people who have been impacted by trauma.