The meaning of the word “yoga” in Sanskrit is union. This is a union of body, mind and spirit, masculine and feminine, a union of all the contradictions that reside within one’s self and the union between one’s self and the univers.
The name Yogama, was chosen by me for the studio, 10 years ago, after having a brain storming session with the whole family. My 10 year old son, Tom, said “Yogama”, as it sounds like Yoga and Mom, and also rhymes with the word earth in Hebrew (“adama”). A few years ago one of my Indian Yogic teacher mentioned to me that it is indeed mentioned in the sacred texts in Sanskrit.
Many people believe that yoga is about meditation only while other thinks it is a type of physical exercise involving extreme stretching only for the very flexible. Even though these are both integral parts of the yoga practice, yoga is so much more than that.
Yoga can contribute to:
- Uniting the body, mind and soul
- Balancing strength with flexibility
- Improving alignment and balance
- Safeguarding health
- Reducing stress and tension
- Enhancing energy levels and overall feeling of well-being
This process comes about through practice of a series of physical postures called “asana” which create a flow of movement, and breathing exercises called “pranayama”. Each asana has its own benefits and influences specific areas in the body. In each asana the organs and the different systems of the body are positioned in such a way as to either heat or cool, expand or compress, activate or calm. Practicing the asanas and the pranayama allows us to quiet the mind, free the body from its physical limitations and find one’s true awareness. It’s important to point out that asana and pranayama are only two of the eight limbs of yoga called “Ashtanga Yoga” described in The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali. Other limbs of Ashtanga yoga include 10 moral codes, withdrawal of the senses, concentration and meditation.
Yoga Classes with Liat are held in Yogama, a beautiful secluded home studio in the city of John’s Creek. All classes begin with a short introduction of an idea inspired by yoga philosophy. This idea then becomes a thread which continues throughout the practice. The first part of the practice will involve concentration or meditation. This is then followed by the main part of class which is the physical practice of the asanas. The end of the class will be a calming final relaxation called “shavasana”.
Yoga can be practiced by people of any age and in any physical condition. What is more, each individual can find the right yoga class that suits him or her best.
Yoga is meant to make us feel better and to help us improve ourselves. Come with an open mind to a new experience and maybe you too will be drawn into the amazing path of yoga.