Yoga, sometimes known as the "art of right living," is an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit.
The word "yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit word yug, or "to join", and means "unity" or "oneness." The practice of asanas (steady postures) and meditation provides the individual with a practical means to unite body, mind and spirit.
Yoga is said to have appeared in India over 10,000 years ago, and was passed on only by word of mouth from teacher to student. The sage Patanjali is credited with compiling the findings of the ancient Yogis, known as the Raja Yoga Sutras, about 2,000 years ago. The Sutras remain an undisputed guide to yoga.
Yoga is founded on reason and scientific observation, free from superstition. By objectively observing their own thoughts, the ancient Yogis studied the many obstacles to bringing the mind under conscious control. Evidence suggests that, in addition to the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali may have recorded an important medical treatise and a thesis on language, and so was a learned man with a great knowledge of the sciences.
Yoga is presented in many styles such as Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hot, Kundalini and so on. The modern Shadow School, established by Shandor Reke and Emma, has been developed with a focus on the ancient Hatha Yogic texts and offers a holistic approach. Positions and movements have been adapted from other activities including martial arts and dance, and insightshave been gleaned from the plant and animal kingdoms. Flowing and spiralling movements strengthen the skeletal and muscular systems and bring about the proper development of the vital breath. For further information on Shadow Yoga visit www.shadowyoga.com
Yoga is NOT ...
A religion (yoga can be practiced, and can enhance spiritual development, without contradiction to religious beliefs).
A miracle cure (heed your health professionals!).
Competitive (work for your self, in the moment, without comparison to others or to your past self).
Physical exercise only (mental focus, correct breathing and positive attitude are part of yoga).
Pam took up yoga over 20 years ago while living in Asia, and found the practice to be an indispensable tool in the face of both physical and emotional challenges. The considered physical movements of asana helped manage challenges such as pregnancies, major knee surgery and even gardening ("ooh, my back!"). The mental equilibrium that breathing and meditation bring provided a touchstone during the turbulence of international relocations with children - as well as a social network.
In 2000, she received her teaching diploma from the internationally recognized Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre and has continued her professional development in various styles and related techniques. In 2019 she became the only authorised Shadow style instructor in Ireland.