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  About Jivananda Wellness Centre

Yoga is a system developed thousands of years ago by the ancient rishis of India. By examination, enquiry, experimentation, testing and intuition these wise beings discovered the laws of nature and of life. Yoga according to Patanjali, who wrote down the Yoga Sutras 2 500 years ago, is to still the fluctuations of the mind - when one does this, the moment is experienced as it is without all the stories.

The word Yoga means to yoke - to unite mind, body and soul. At a practical level it brings the mind and body together, bringing the mind into the present, connecting us with where we are and what our body is telling us. It connects us to the world and people around us making us aware that we are not islands but a functional part of the whole. At a deeper level, meditation takes us into higher states of consciousness where we connect with our higher Self and merge with Universal Consciousness.
Christine and Howard - Founders of the Jivananda Centre

There are many kinds of Yoga, but the Yoga known in the West is Hatha Yoga. It is the practice of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation and meditation. There are different schools of Hatha Yoga (e.g. Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram, Sivananda, among others) - all these schools teach the same postures presented in different ways and with different emphasis. At the Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing we teach an eclectic mix of many of these schools and are not aligned to any particular system.

Our mission at Jivananda

On the mat we learn about our limitations, boundaries, desires and how we react to them. We learn to release tension, become more accepting of ourselves and others. We learn non-violence, kindness and patience, at the same time becoming stronger and more centered.


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