Yoga is both a sacred art and practice that has ancient roots and an encompassing philosophy. It is a whole life style beyond the asana, the physical exercise part of yoga. Yoga gives us a way to access our body, link breath to movement, strengthen and open our body. At the same time it creates awareness and connection to both the physical body and our energy systems. It relaxes the body, brings stillness to the mind, and contentment to the spirit through practice.
The type of yoga I practice and teach is Vini Yoga. Despite not being as well known as other forms of practice, it is very effective. The focus is on the breath first. All movement follows the inhale and exhale. Focus is on the practitioner, not on the posture. The goal is to make the asana serve the body, modifying the asana if needed, rather than stressing the body into a pose that might cause more tension. Thus the person, as well as his or her body, may find balance, alignment, satisfaction and peace.