Traditional Yoga at the Sunbury Yoga & Hermeneutic Society

Many people seeking an antidote to the stresses and strains in their lives find the ancient disciplines of yoga helpful. Others find the study and practice of Yoga intrinsically interesting and rewarding and for countless others it is the fascination of the two.

Yoga techniques can induce profound states of relaxation, ultimately resulting in the stilling and quietening of the mind, creating an overall state of alertness and well being.

Yoga’s long and ancient history has opened it to many interpretations sometimes causing intense debate, disagreement and even conflict. As a result many disciplines and ideas have been invented and added over the years, some retaining and restating the original authenticity of yoga, but many others - not.

This can lead to confusion for people wishing to take up Yoga. So how can they decide? No easy matter. The first approach is to question and develop a rapport with your intended teacher/mentor.

Try a few sessions first and if not suitable, try a different teacher and some new classes. It is well worth the effort and each class will prove a learning curve, so nothing is wasted. Yoga can only be known by its practice. Teachers/mentors/gurus are simply guides and the emphasis should be on the work of the student and not the teacher. Yoga is the work of the individual, by the individuated, towards the indivisible.

Yoga, a Sanskrit word, generally considered as derived from the verbal root yuj, meaning to “yoke or harness”, is also held to mean “union”, the context in which it is most commonly used today.

The Sunbury Yoga Society’s prime objective is to create an environment in which its members can experience a range of yoga disciplines, some of which are listed below with their Sanskrit and English equivalents:

  • Dhyana - Meditation
  • Samadhi - Contemplation
  • Mudra - Hand or Body Shape
  • Asana - Pose and Exercise
  • Mantra - Chanting