Pam and Gordon Smith
(Guidelines for student
This guide gives an overview of the 'broad spectrum' of
yoga for the new student seeking
a yoga class and those beginning their journey as yoga teachers .
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Yoga is a unique art form
suitable for all ages as it speaks to both young and old alike. It improves health and extends life, linking all
that is best both East and West. It also awakens each person to their own individual centre of creativity, uniting
and bringing out all that is best in each. Modern day living pulls in different directions, creating stress and
giving rise to the sense that our Mind, Feeling and Will is no longer our own, but only there to serve the demands
of a world that at times may seem to be spinning out of control.
The Yoga class provides the space in which we can exercise,
improve health and flexibility, and coordinate our activities in such a way that brings Mind, Feeling and Will into
harmonious relationship. This has profound psychological benefits as it brings all our scattered energies back
For children Yoga is fun as the ancients saw that every aspect
of nature was a window into the energy which is life itself. Hence there are many postures named after birds,
animals, trees and which children can take delight in copying as they stretch and grow.
The elderly, who lack mobility, become more fearful with the
passing years, as their limbs stiffen and bones become brittle; they can be shown how to tap into the source of
life itself and regain some of their lost youthfulness. It takes a lot of energy to protect oneself in a cage of
tightened ligaments and the experienced teacher can show the way back to health.
Yoga is not confined to exercise, as unique and beneficial as
is this aspect of Yoga, as it has a profound spiritual basis, that links the best spiritual philosophies both East
and West. There is nothing to join, in the religious sense, as it awakens that which is good and profound and will
without doubt strengthen one’s own belief system and not weaken it.
It can be said that there are almost as many types of Yoga as
there are of teachers who teach it. Never be put off if your first class does not meet with your expectations,
always try others until you find one that is exactly right for you. It may be that you just require some light
exercise coupled with deep relaxation, and of this type of class there are many. We will now provide for the
beginner, an overview of the broad spectrum, which is yoga.
'Yoga for Life'