Pagan has been practising yoga for about 15 years. Her training was under Simon Low with the Yoga Academy and Triyoga.
She teaches classical Hatha yoga and has also trained to teach perinatal (pregnancy) yoga and kids yoga.
Yoga has been a big part of her life and she feels she has personally benefited from both the physical practice of postures, which have enhanced her balance, strength and flexibility and also through the practice of "pranayama". Prana refers to the breath and ayama means stretch or extend. Pranayama is teh fourth of the eight limbs of yoga. Pranayama is the control, harmonisation and integration of prana through the regulation of the breath. This then leads the mind and body to be ready for meditation. The clamour of rapid thoughts, of the past, present and future are reduced and the mind is quieted. Stilling the mind enables mental clarity and poise.
Yoga means 'to yoke' or 'to be whole'. Yoga is an ancient philosophical discipline, harmonising the mind, body and spirit. On a physical level it enhances well-being and brings balance, strength and vitality. For the mind, it improves memory and concentration, sharpens the intellect and steadies the emotions to achieve a richer and more fulfilled life. On a deeper level, the practice of yoga leads to self-awareness and 'moksha' or 'liberation'.
Hatha Yoga is the science of yoga asanas or postures.