What is Yoga?

Yoga History

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago and it has been practised in India and more recently throughout the Western world ever since. The Yoga Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: ​

#Yamas (restraints) 
#Niyamas (observances) 
#Asana (postures) 
#Pranayama (breathing)
#Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) 
#Dharana (concentration) 
#Dhyani (meditation) 
#Samadhi(absorption) 


As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behaviour in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).

Today most people practising yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. Learn more
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Yoga for Athletes

If you already practise a sport and are wondering why you would even consider yoga, after all its just for girls and you have to be really flexible right? WRONG!

Yoga can be a great addition to your workout and is particularly beneficial for all athletes (pro or not) to help prevent or ease the strain from injuries. Learn more here

Questions

Is Yoga a religion? Do I need lots of equipment to practise? Do I have to be a vegetarian? ​What would I have to bring to class?

​Find the answer to these and many other questions here

Email: Kelly@CallaRetreat.com 

Yoga for Injury, Illness or Rehabilitation

Have an existing injury?

Recovering from a serious operation?

Suffer with heart problems, cancer or any other serious illness?

Yoga may be able to help!

Learn more here

What Is Yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.


People around the world have practiced yoga for thousands of years, and millions of people currently enjoy its physical and mental health benefits. Yoga is an effective, low-impact form of exercise that involves integration of every muscle, organ, and cell of the body, bringing balance to body and mind. Learn more here​​​