Swarnam Ayurveda is now offering Yoga classes Melbourne Centre
Swarnam Ayurveda - Yoga Fitness Centre and Health Care Clinic
We at Swarnam Ayurveda Health Care Clinic offer causal yoga classes for beginners and curative yoga for those suffering from various ailments. You can learn here different types of Yoga exercises that will help you achieve fitness level.
Yoga classes are commencing from 1st September 2018
Join our specialist yoga classes - casual or exclusive professionally designed to suit general health issues and rejuvenate yourself. There are custom yoga sessions designed professionally by Dr Shikha Sehgal based on your specific ailment or health concerns e.g, random or chronic pain or other diseases. The yoga classes are available for individuals, couples and groups of all ages.
Our yoga trainers are experienced, certified, highly professional and focus is on positive and holistic health.
12 Classes valid for 7 weeks @$156
Casual Class $15 each
Thursday (6:00pm to 7:00pm)
Saturday (10:00am to 11:00am)
Sunday (10:00am to 11:00am)
Sunday (11:30pm to 12:30pm)
Exclusive yoga according to one's ailment eg : disk problem, diabetes etc.
7 weekly sessions @$98
Casual Class $16 each
Saturday (11.30am to 12.30pm)
Yoga and its benefits
- Yoga is a collection of various practices which focus on physical, mental and spiritual well being of a person. Yoga is originated in ancient India but it has gained immense popularity these days around the globe due to numerous health benefits.
- The word yoga has been derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means to unite or to join or integrate.
- The definition of yoga according to Master Patanjali who is also known as father of yoga is chitta vritti nirodha. It means controlling the uncontrolled activities of mind and channelizing them is called as yoga.
- Yoga is an approximately 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge.
- Yoga is also included in six systems of Hindu philosophy.
- On December 1, 2016, yoga was listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
- International Day of Yoga or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015.
- An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly.
- Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi (applied to a man) or yogini (applied to a woman).
- Yoga is helpful in harmonizing the body with the mind.
- Yoga is a popular form of physical exercise which is based upon asanas or physical poses and it also includes meditation. As a result it promote improved control of mind and body and to enhance well-being.
- Yoga began to gain popularity in the West mainly at the end of the 19th century, with an explosion of interest in postural yoga in the 1920s and 1930s.
Various streams of yoga according to philosophy of yoga:
According to ancient books and various literatures there are six main streams or branches of yoga. In ancient books yoga has been referred to in terms of a tree with roots, trunk, branches, blossoms and fruits. This reference has been used to explain that each branch of yoga is like a different part of tree but still is a part of tree. As each part of tree has its own importance similarly each branch of yoga has unique characteristics and represents a specific approach to life. The six branches are:
- Hatha yoga - It is oriented towards physical health. It involves asana and pranayama practice. It follows sapta sadhanas. All these techniques purify the body and mind.
- Raja yoga - It aims towards the strengthening of mind. Meditation and the eight limbs of yoga come under raja yoga. The eight limbs are yama, niyama, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharna, dhyana, samadhi.
- Karma yoga - Karma yoga means selfless work. It tells to follow a path of service to consciously create a future free from negativity and selfishness caused by our actions.
- Bhakti yoga - Bhakti means devotion to God. It guides towards path of devotion. It tells a positive way to channel emotions and cultivate acceptance and tolerance. It teaches the method of worshipping God.
- Jnana yoga - Jnana means wisdom. Jnana yoga helps in acquiring the knowledge. It guides towards the path of the scholar and intellect through study.
- Kundalini yoga and Tantra yoga - It teaches the method of gaining control over the dormant power of Kundalini. Kundalini awakening is done gradually by moving the prana through sushumna nadi purifying the seven chakras or spinning wheels of psychic energy.
History of evolution of yoga:
- The origin of yoga has been speculated to Vedic times because in Rig veda the word yoga has been mentioned in a hymn. However in Vedas there is no description about the practice of yoga.
- The first known appearance of the word yoga with the same meaning as the modern term, is in the Upanishad. The principle and practice of yoga had its origin from Upanishad period. Upanishad has given some abstract about the practice of yoga.
- Later these practices has been described by Master Patanjali and he had given it a philosophical foundation in the yoga sutra.
- Master Patanjali is also regarded as father of yoga
- Patanjali yoga sutra is said to be the oldest literature related to yoga and it is composed around 2000 years back.
- It is guidebook that gives guidance on how to gain mastery over the mind and spirit. It provides the framework upon which all yoga practiced today is based.
- The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are a collection of 196 Indian sutra on the theory and practice of yoga.
Benefits of yoga:
Yoga has a number of benefits and despite the description in ancient textbooks, many clinical studies and researches has also proven its benefits. Many studies are still going on to explore this vast science. The main benefits of yoga are as follows:
- Yoga increases the strength of the body.
- Yoga increase the flexibility in the body.
- Yoga is helpful in improving circulation of body.
- Yoga improves immunity.
- Yoga maintains mind and body equilibrium.
- Yoga helps in weight management.
- Yoga is useful in management of stress, anxiety and depression.
- Yoga is helpful in conditions like insomnia.
- Yoga is useful in managing post traumatic stress.
- Yoga is beneficial in migraine.
- Yoga is helpful in improving menopausal problems.
- Yoga is helpful in various health issues like low backache, hypertension, GERD, COPD, asthma, chronic neck pain, cancer related fatigue, bipolar disorder.
Precautions while doing yoga:
Yoga should always been done under supervision because improper technique may lead to various problems. Common yoga injuries if not done properly may include repetitive strain, overstretching of the neck, shoulders, spine, legs, and knees.