What is Yoga?

The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' , which literally means to merge, join or unite. It also represents unity and yoga is the union of the mind, body and universal spirt.

Yoga is the art of knowing oneself, the functions of the body, the rhythm of the mind and the ability to look at all aspects of life evenly. By opening up the mind it allows an individual to connect with the body at a deeper meaning, and helps us bring about a natural balance of body and mind in which the state of health can manifest itself.

Yoga itself does not create health; rather it creates an internal environment that allows each person to come to their own state of health. Basically, yoga teaches that health is a harmonious integration of body, mind spirit- and community. However, Yoga does have it physical benefits such as increased flexibility, good posture and relaxation, which all spring from the practice of Yoga.



Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows you to find stillness in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.

Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns, and relationship struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and declutters the mind, helping you to become more focused.

When you do a yoga class on a physical level, it’s a multi-dynamic experience. You’re focusing on every area of the body, using creative movements in the form of postures.  Yoga also encourages us to address our mental state. Yoga is a safe place to practice living your life. When you’re practicing yoga, some things might be painful and some things might feel good, some things might be hard and some things might be easy, sometimes we might like what we see, sometimes we might not like what we see. Your time spent on your mat is almost like a practice run for how you will approach your life off the mat. 


Health Benefits of Yoga


Physical Benefits

  • lessen chronic pain - lower back pain, arthritis

  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased muscle strength and tone

  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality

  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism

  • Weight reduction

  • Cardio and circulatory health

  • Improved athletic performance

  • Protection from injury


Mental Benefits

  • Relieves stress
  • decreases depression
  • relieves anxiety 
  • improves alertness


Yoga will soon be coming to our studio here at PNF so please feel free to contact us for anymore details on 01751 475363