What is yoga?


This answer is one I found on the Yoga Australia website..


…As my teacher Madhuri says, “each asana (pose) not looking a certain way”.  Photo: Punnamjai

There are many different ideas related to Yoga, where it comes from, what it is all about, and how to practice a range of techniques.

Generally, it is recognised as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago. It is a system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.

In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.

Free Beach Yoga Session Sunday 1st March 2015

Come to a free beach yoga sesh THIS Sunday, 1st March, 9 am.

Celebrate the theoretical end of Summer and beginning of Autumn, and help me complete my teacher training at the same time.

Once I am qualified I will be so expensive no one will be able to come to my classes, so book in now to avoid the bitterest disappointment you could ever imagine.

Bring a towel and/or mat, water and meet at the Angel Clock at the jetty end of Semaphore Road.

Class will be suitable for beginners to intermediate level yogis. Advanced people or teachers will have to restrain themselves and try not to show off!

add your name and email/mobile # in the comment section below to book in


Shala Om offers yoga within and around Semaphore.

Classes are suitable for everyone including beginners. The style is Hatha yoga and the emphasis is on restorative and conscious practice with a strong meditative aspect.

Classes run on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

The venue is the Semaphore Uniting Church hall.

Thursdays 6.30- 7.40pm

Thursdays 6.30- 7.40pm


Cost $10.00

for enquiries, phone Unjay 043 1928 663, or email namaste@shalaom.com

Poetry: Soham


“I am that
which is pure and divine”:
not a spark
or a drop,
but the essence.

This body
that sits in meditation by the lake
will return to the earth,
the dust of stars;
so there is a coming and going in God.

The so-hum, hum-sa of breath;
and a universe of one breath,
expanding and contracting,
collapsing to nothing,
a wave of sound,
just one note,
swelling and fading,
all the expanse of space-time
and body-mind
only one note,
one rising, vanishing
moment in the Holy Song

© 2014

*so-ham and its reverse ham-so are Sanskrit mantras used in some types of meditation. They mean “I am that” i.e. I am “part of” or “one with” or “connected to” everything that is, on every plane of existence, in every mode and scale, macrocosm and microcosm. It’s a pretty far out concept! Thanks to Madhuriji for introducing this to me.