Our Yoga Shala
Yoga is not just sport – it’s a science and a philosophy. 1000s of years of practice are at the basis of it. It’s a science, an art form as well as a way to indulge in life and happiness from within.
"Ha" - Sun & "Tha" - Moon
„Ha“ and „Tha“ are opposites which are to be balanced in the practice of hatha yoga. It aims at gaining a balance between the flexibility of our joints and our muscular density and strength. This is the reason for some of the very challenging exercises because the body can then fully relax after engaging in strenuous asanas. It is the starting point to prepare for pranayama and meditation.
Tadasana, with ‘tada’ meaning ‘mountain’, is regarded as one of the most beneficial postures in yoga. Though it seems to be quite simple, a person has to undergo lots of practice to attain the perfect tadasana posture. The asana is believed to provide not only physical, but mental benefits as well. It helps a person improve his posture and also promotes confidence as well as happiness. A basic yoga posture, Tadasana can also be used as the starting point for other asanas that are performed in a standing position. It’ll help to maintain stability in many challenging life situations.
The space to begin the journey to oneself
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.
The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).
Maya grew up in Gerlos, Austria and is currently also living here. She went to India for a longer period in 2006 which is where she started with her first yoga courses. Maya recognized the amazing possibilities of yoga immediately and has used this ancient system to continuously work on mental blockages, fears, karma through her daily asanas and meditation. It has helped her to gain a much deeper understanding of life and what is truly important. She returned to India again in order to continue her yoga practice with experienced teachers and has been blessed to work in places such as Mysore, Kerala and Rishikesh. Further seminars and workshops were visited by her in Germany and Austria. She finally finished her qualifications and exams as a yoga teacher in Austria.
Maya says: „I’m truly looking forward to sharing some of my knowledge and experience as well as my daily practice with you.“
Sit on the floor with your legs together and extended in front of your torso. If your torso is leaning back, it may be because tight hamstrings are dragging the sitting bones toward the knees and the back of the pelvis toward the floor. It may be helpful to sit on a blanket or a bolster to lift the pelvis. A simple way to check alignment is to sit with your back against a wall. The sacrum and the shoulder blades should touch the wall, but not lower back or the back of the head. Put a small rolled-up towel between the wall and the lower back. Sit towards the front of the sitting bones, and adjust the pubis and tail bone equidistant from the floor. Without hardening the belly, firm the thighs, press them down against the floor (or your support), rotate them slightly toward each other, and draw the inner groins toward the sacrum. Flex your ankles, pressing out through your heels. To lengthen your front torso perpendicular to the floor, think of energy streaming upward from the pubis to the sternum, then down the back from the shoulders to the tail bone.