Live the Yoga Life
Create a life of balance
What does it mean to live a yoga life? At the Lotus Room, we encourage you to step into your yogi or yogini shoes as fully as you feel comfortable with and progress at a pace which you can uphold. Starting with yoga poses and meditation, you may find yourself drawn to adopt other yoga practices, the moral standards and diet recommendations.
Your attitude towards your yoga practice will determine how much you get out of it. Adopting a yoga lifestyle will offer greater benefits than attending a weekly class, no matter what your main motivation for attending yoga classes may be. The benefits of yoga are many and the more you practise, the greater your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
“Yoga is not just what we do on the mat, but how we live our lives.”
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
A yoga life includes many practices. These have been outlined in the eight limbs of yoga by the sage Patanjali in a famous yoga scripture known as the Yoga Sutras:
- Yama: Universal morality, such as non-violence and truthfulness, which purify human nature and contribute to the health and happiness of society.
- Niyama: Personal observances we adopt, such as contentment and self-study, for living our lives soulfully.
- Asanas: Poses designed to improve physical, physiological and psychological function.
- Pranayama: Breathing exercises designed for greater access to the life force energy or “Prana”.
- Pratyahara: Control of the senses in the quest to find inner fulfillment.
- Dharana: Cultivation of concentration, awareness and inner perception.
- Dhyana: Meditation on and devotion to the Divine (the latter is known as “Bhakti“).
- Samadhi: Ultimate union with the Divine.
Yoga and Ayurveda
Ayurveda, meaning the “Science of Life,” deals with the Vedic knowledge relating to good health and the preservation of life. Yoga and Ayurveda complement each other to create a complete discipline for the perfect holistic lifestyle:
- Yoga adopts the diet and health regimens of Ayurveda. These maintain a healthy body and mind, preparing them for the practices necessary for evolutionary transformation.
- Ayurveda perceives Yoga as a healing tool. This is because mental balance, spiritual upliftment, emotional stability and inner happiness are essential for optimal physical health and longevity.
Adopt a Yoga Life with the Lotus Room
Lotus Room Yoga integrates all aspects of Yoga practice and Ayurvedic principles to ensure that the Lotus Room is a place of wholesome transformation for you, according to your needs and at your own pace.