“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”
In the last decade, yoga has become an increasingly popular form of physical exercise. As with many athletic pursuits, the regular practice of yoga can help a person develop physical strength, increase flexibility and decrease feelings of stress. In the west, many “forms” of yoga have been developed to further enhance these very beneficial - though solely physical - aspects of yoga. However, yoga is much more than a body-centered practice. In fact, the physical practice of yoga is but one of eight elements of a complete yogic journey.
Through a mindful yogic practice we are able to tame our wandering mind and are freed to meditate on a single awareness, centered at the seat of the soul in order to obtain oneness with the universal soul (Samâdhi).
It is within this universal context that we offer yoga at Redlands Aikikai. Through our physical practice of asana (pose), we begin to understand the more philosophical and contemplative side to yoga. By focusing on structural alignment we can begin to release the body’s own wisdom, leading to a unity of body, mind and spirit.
Classes are conducted with an attention to detail: this and the use of props such as blocks or chairs allows both beginners and experienced practitioners to find the essence of the pose.
Every Friday 6:00 to 7:30pm