WHY the benefits of yoga
ANCIENT WISDOM - MODERN TRANSFORMATION
The practice of yoga dates back more than 5,000 years. It is an ancient Indian philosophy that is experiencing huge popularity in modern day times. Western science is now recognising the many health benefits of the practice. Traditional yoga practice is based on 8 limbs, todays contemporary practice focus primarily on 3 - asana (the physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.
The power of the practice to achieve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing comes from regular practice.
One of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga is the gradual improvement in your flexibility. From your first class you are taught to honour and respect the level you are at in the physical practice and to not be focused on the outcomes. What matters is not the physical shape you make but your reactions and judgements to the shape.
MINDFULNESS - FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
The practice of yoga enables us to find some peace in a world consumed by chaos. It teaches us how to dance with the chaos. The power of mindfulness is today well documented. To have opportunities to practice presence, will lead to an increased awareness and control of your mind, your body and your reactions to the situations you are in. Yoga asks you to tune into how your body feels, not how it looks.
STRENGTHENING AND TONING
Yoga is strength training, using your own body weight, no equipment required. It will help build lean muscle and combined with increased flexibility will define, lengthen and tone existing muscle. It will improve your posture and strengthen your back muscles to keep the aches and pains away. Putting your joints and spinal discs through their full range of motion will keep them supple and help prevent degenerative diseases.
Yoga is a renowned antidote to stress and anxiety. Through the asana practice you connect your mind with your body using the breath as the tool. This then becomes a powerful form of meditation. As the challenges arise in the asanas, you are training your mind, to find some Sukkha, some softness and peacefulness within the Stirra, the physical strength. of the pose. You are becoming comfortable in the face of any discomforts that may arise..
MORE JOY IN YOUR LIFE
Following and using the breath to expand the postures and lengthen your spine will spark your central nervous system. The more alive and fluid your central nervous system, (which is housed in your spine) becomes, the more feelings of lightness, fluidity and freedom, plus joy and compassion you will feel for yourself, for your relationships, your environment and for the planet. Sending the breath around the body in the asanas, creates fluidity in your body and mind which transfers into the ways you move in the world.
IMPROVED SLEEP PATTERNS
Be careful, yoga will change your life. You will find yourself wanting to live the old age proverb "Early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy and wise". Studies have shown the practice makes it easier to switch the mind off at night and have a deeper, longer sleep.
EVERYTHING IN LIFE BECOMES A YOGA POSE
To be able to experience peace in the face of any situation, through any difficulty or discomfort or fear. To sense that life is fluid and so are we, we can change along with the changing circumstances. but change from our inner compass. When were feeling reactive, frustrated or upset, its the perfect opportunity to practice. The situation becomes a yoga pose, its challenging you & you can choose the way to react. Can you stay centred with your breath & transcend the default responses.
"Thank you and your yoga family for sharing your practice/teachings with me. It has been a great experience which brought me to a better place in my practice. II was very inspired by you Jane, thank you…You are Awesome..."