Energy Yoga teaches Sivananda yoga classes in London. We teach a challenging yoga class with a traditional sequence of yoga postures very close to what has been practiced in India for thousands of years, called Sivananda yoga. We don’t mess around with the order or content too much – they are the product of hundreds of years of evolution.
You can expect a complete, challenging workout for the whole body – hatha yoga of the kind we practice was designed to be a complete exercise system. Through our flowing warm-up sequence, to the inverted postures, forward bends, backward bends, twists and lateral postures, our classes strengthen and lengthen all the muscles of the body. In particular we completely stretch the spinal cord, the central conduit of the nervous system – this may be what is responsible for the dramatic energising and relaxing effects of this style of yoga.
In yoga we believe that deep relaxation is critical to energy and health. But relaxation doesn’t actually occur through rest alone – it occurs through exertion and then intentional, active letting go of tension. To that end, the breathing exercises, warm-up sequences and postures we practice in our yoga classes are a workout that lengthens and strengthens the muscles of the body and sends oxygenated blood along the spine, rejuvenating the nervous system. Then, when we go to relax the body, we find that we’re far more able to instruct the muscles to completely relax.
Thousands of years of yogis developed yoga to increase energy and well-being. But don’t take their word for it – try it for yourself and see if it works for you, too.