Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, a science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul. - Amit Ray
Lunula Yoga Studio is an asana based Yoga studio, meaning that our main practice starts within the body, deconstructing the limitations we have placed on it, releasing patterns and trauma that reside within, and understanding our self, both energetic and physical, through our movements and our mental processes about this movement. The studio was created as a platform from which teachers can share this practice that they love so much, while at the same time also providing like-minded community and a space for students to safely explore their own personal growth in whatever form that might take.
As a Yoga Studio dealing with human beings, Lunula understands, acknowledges, and accepts that the Human condition is hardwired for growth; it is written into our DNA and a part of who we are. When we become stagnant for whatever reason, we become less than what we are, and we start belittling everything and –one around us in order to make ourselves bigger. It is therefore essential that both teachers and students within our space, continue to grow within their practice, within themselves, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, or (hopefully) all of these.
Lunula’s mission, philosophy and aim originates within the simplest explanation and understanding of the true purpose and essence of yoga. As such, no matter what we do, we keep coming back to the question: Is this still true to the essence of yoga? If so, we continue; if not, we adjust.
You don’t get to bypass life just because you do yoga, you just get to navigate it more effectively; by facing the physical challenges on the mat during a yoga practice, we learn to face challenges more effectively in our life; by learning the skills to let go, to allow for release as well as activity, softness as well as strength, being strong within our bodies as well as in our minds and spirits, and letting go of that which we need to, we essentially build skills for life. Life itself does not become easier, nor is it something we need to run away from or transcend, but through the practice of yoga, we learn to retain our calm inner seat even when the storm rages around us.
This is the essence that we return to again and again within Lunula Yoga Studio.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Let’s start with a very basic definition of yoga, just so that we can absolve all fears that it is foreign or demonic or that you have to be a contortionist to take part in its practice.
Yoga literally translates as “to join”. The whole system that falls within this word (asanas - postures, meditation, pranayama – breathwork, the philosophy of compassion and non-violence) is simply a tool that was developed thousands of years ago to aid humans in making the most of the great adventure that is their life. The physical postures of yoga (the main aspect of yoga that is practiced in the West) differ from any other form of exercise mainly because of this: It strives to unify all systems of the body (the muscles, the joints, the nervous system, the hormone system, the respiratory system, etc. – even the mind is included as you are taught to focus and concentrate.
Yoga's greatest benefit lies in what you learn on the mat, the skills you acquire that aid you in dealing with life's curve balls and which strengthen your ability to deal with change while at the same time, opening you up to change. Yoga is also an excellent tool to aid you in bringing your mind back under your management, and from the stillness that you gain, you will find that your true self regains its intended position within your life.
Whatever your reason for being drawn to this practice, yoga will meet you there and you will find that you gain all the benefits no matter what your intention.
It is understandable if you are not completely convinced that 1 hour a day could make such a difference to your life, so why not just swing by for a class and experience it for yourself? And don’t worry if you don’t know what you are doing. You didn’t go to school knowing how to read; you went to school and learned; you wouldn’t come to the yoga class if you didn’t need it or could do it, and yoga studios are one of the few places in this world where there is no judgement.