Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga, Rāja yoga and Bakti yoga.

In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root yuj which means "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" in its most common senses. The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation), although the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.

Sivananda yoga, after teachings of Swami Sivananda, is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga in which the training focuses on preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner. Sivananda training revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.

WEA Yoga Classes

Classes run in Glastonbury on Tuesdays (see below for details and enrolment) and they are suitable for all, no prior knowledge will be assumed. You will be most welcome to join us no matter what your previous experience.

For more information or enquiries, please email Faye Greening, or call her on 07814 221786.

Course: Yoga and the Chakras

We will explore different techniques to tune into the different chakras and work with energy whilst also doing our yoga practice. This is designed to take us deeper into the more spiritual aspects of yoga. We will explore these aspects throughout the class whilst doing, pranayama, (breathing exercises) and asanas (postures) and particularly during the relaxation parts of the class where I hope you will be able to go deeply within.

Date: Tuesdays, from 25 February to 31 March, from 10:00am to 11:30am
Address: Goddess Hall, Benedict Street, Glastonbury BA6 9NB
Price: £33 or FREE on mean-tested benefits.
• Enrol online for this course (click HERE) or call the WEA at 0300 303 3464 (Ref: C3531108)
Proper exercise

Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.

Proper breathing

Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.

Proper relaxation

Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.

Proper diet

Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diets. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.

Positive thinking and meditation

Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind.