“There is a Light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all, beyond the Heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our Heart” Verse 3.13.7 Chandogya Upanishad ~ Juan Mascaro translation
Yoga means “to unite”, “to yoke” or “to be whole”.
Harshani is a Heart of Living Yoga Teacher and Yoga Teacher Trainer based in Oundle and Thrapston, Northamptonshire, “I like to guide my yoga students through their own personal yoga journey ~ introducing philosophy and yoga practices into our weekly hatha yoga classes which can help enhance their lives in many different ways.”
The Heart Practice is at the very core of this Yoga tradition, which teaches us how to find and drop into our own inner peace and steadiness.
Yoga is an ancient practise of developing, strengthening and balancing the mind, body and spirit.
It’s origins date back to around 500bc – 200bc from ancient Indian Vedic & Brahmanic cultures and philosophies. There are 2 main strands of Yoga ~ one which comes down through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, these were thought to be the forest dwellers who would sit at the foot of the Guru to learn and be guided by him. They follow the path of the Atman (spirit or soul within) being part of the greater divine being the Brahman ~ we are all part of a Oneness. The other strand follows that of Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras whose path is that we are each individual beings and the greater being is Ishwara. The Yoga Sutras are also better known as the 8 limbs of Yoga and these are the disciplines through which to live a more Spiritual life.
Through learning about yourself and following these principles you are working towards living a more peaceful and harmonious way of life . . . beginning a journey that takes you deeper and deeper into your sense of Spiritual Self.
Yoga is an ancient philosophy which many great modern day philosophers and psychologists have taken their roots of practise and principles from. It’s as important and relevant now, as it always has been.
Yoga can help with many aspects of our wellbeing:
Our Physical and Mental Strength
Discover and Maintain your Balance
The Benefits of a Yoga Practice
Hatha Yoga can bring many positive benefits to your life . . . physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Regular Yoga practise can make a real difference to helping improve, strengthen and care for your back. Maintaining a good posture and core strength aid an all-round sense of wellbeing. Yoga is a good balance between increasing your flexibility and strength.
Age and ability are irrelevant, it’s never too late to start a yoga practice, you simply learn to practice at your own pace and let the body and mind help you find the right balance for you.
Yoga is not about Mastery . . . it’s a journey which is on-going . . . a study of the inner self. We all have different bodies, different days, different influences around us, which mean that you learn to listen and respond to what the body and mind needs to help bring that balance within.
“May you walk with a piece of Sunlight always in your Heart” (unknown)
What Students Share
“I have been so blessed to be going to Harshani’s beautiful heart centred yoga classes for many, many years now. They are so nurturing, uplifting, life affirming & joyful – I always leave feeling more centred, more radiant, with a beautiful smile on my face & a warm glow in my heart. I love that she tailors the class to suit the different student’s experiences & needs so that you always come away knowing that your body has been really well stretched & toned but in a gentle, kind, loving way. She is a truly beautiful soul and a truly incredible teacher.
I feel so deeply blessed to have found Harshani all those year ago, when I did. I couldn’t recommend her classes more highly. Xx” ~ Abha
“I have been attending Harshani heart of yoga sessions & sacred sound for many, many years. I can’t express how much this has helped me over the years, dealing with stress/anxiety, bereavement, job loss, going through the change, falling ill & now being a full time carer for my mum. I still learn every session & has enabled me to be at peace and develop my wellbeing. If it’s something you want to try be mindful to at least try six sessions to start to unlock and receive peacefulness. Hope to see new faces x Paula x ”
“I have attended Harshani‘s yoga classes for many years now, and have always experienced a warm and welcoming environment. A safe and calm place which has enabled me to maintain my physical flexibility despite my advancing years. Harshani is a very caring and knowledgeable Yoga Teacher who provides a very supportive atmosphere, aware of everyone’s needs and abilities, guiding us through the postures and practice tailored to out individual needs. I always leave the yoga practice feeling calm and renewed.” Janet.
“I have been attending Harshani’s classes for over 10 years. It is hard to put into words how these classes make you feel- they are an oasis of calm and serenity yet give strength and sustenance. A time to treasure for your own well-being.” Jan
“I feel very blessed to have found Harshani’s yoga classes. She eases you gently in to a practice that leaves you feeling flexible, calm and uplifted. To me they provide a weekly reset, an opportunity to rebalance. They are an essential part of my self-care. Additionally, they have provided a gateway to many other practices; as yoga is just one of the ways Harshani shares her ability to heal and help others quieten their minds.” Uma