How does Yoga work?
Here is a brief outline of the different aspects of a typical
Sampoorna Hatha Yoga class:
It traditionally starts with some invocation to remind the
practitioner that Hatha Yoga does not just address the physical
body. It is a spiritual discipline. This creates an athmosphere
of powerful calmness in body and mind.
Breathing exercises are done at the beginning
to wake up the energy and make it flow smoothly. They
remove tiredness and energetical blockages, establish
a healthy breathing pattern, energize and clean the
breathing organs and the entire system and balance the
activating and the calming component of the nerval system.
The mind becomes calm, steady and awake.
Effective warming up exercises including Surya Namasakar,
the sun salutations, strengthen, stretch and warm up
the body to prepare it for Asanas, the Yoga postures.
The practice of Asanas is based on different perfectly
balanced series. However it is not limited to those
series, as variations are infinite. This encourages
the practitioner to explore the whole scope of the practice
Thus it gives a complete workout of the body, done
with total respect for the physical limitations, without
being obsessed by them. The focus is more on what can
be done rather than on one's limits. The practice then
becomes a joyful, playful challenge that keeps the mind
in a positive state.
A guided final relaxation completes the class. In this part
of the Yoga session the student integrates all the work and
all the experiences he or she made during the class and is
able to let go of the body and relax completely. You dive
into deeper and deeper layers of your consciousness and come
more and more in contact with your radiant, true nature.
Through this practice, all systems of the physical body become
strong and healthy. The astral body, made of the energy sheath,
the mental sheath and the intellectual sheath, regain balance
and harmony. When health, balance and harmony are restored,
we come in contact with the causal body, which is made of
This is how Sampoorna Hatha Yoga, when properly practiced,
can bring so much energy, joy and happiness!