Do you ever feel caught up in your busy stressful life and find it hard to be relaxed? Do you ever feel like some days your muscles are ripping out of your skin? Or maybe you’re a kind of glass half empty person, and just don’t find the joy in simple things in life anymore. What if I told you I had a solution to all those problems, and possibly many, many more issues that effect your life negatively? Yoga! Now I know what your probably thinking, yoga isn’t just about flowered covered hippies finding peace and freedom. As well its so much more than just stretching. Anyone can do yoga, no matter what age, gender, size or lack of flexibility. Even those who are pregnant or injured and cannot participate in sports can do it! Yoga has become one of the most popular forms of exercising, and is beneficial for your mind, body and spirit, without the same stress on muscles from sports.
What is it?: Yoga is a series of postures, breathing techniques and meditation It is defined as “Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.” Yogi’s know that everyones different, so they made 11 different styles of yoga. Aerial, Anusara, Ashtanga,Bikram, Hatha, Hot, Iyengar, Power/Flow/Vinyasa, Kundalini, Pre/Postnatal and Yin.
Sanskrit Definition of Yoga: “Union, communion; The union of our will to the will of God, which enables us to look evenly at life in all its aspects the method to achieve this – the word yoga is derived from the root ‘Yuj’ meaning to join, to yoke; the chief aim of yoga is to teach the means by which human soul may be completely united with the Supreme Spirit pervading the universe and thus attain liberation.”
For your Mind; Studies have shown that yoga has positive effects on depression, anxiety. sleep problems, as well as helping with symptoms of schizophrenia, and multiple S. Other studies have been proven that participating in exercise can release chemicals in your brain to make you feel better. Meditation and breathing have been proven to have very healing effects on the body’s mind and has even shown improvement with Cancer patients. Yoga is known to have a calming and peaceful effect on the mind and body, which is reflected in all of your activities. Less yelling, more listening, more kindness and calm. Yoga helps to uncluttered the mind, and helps you stay more focused in your daily life.
For your Body; Creating a flexible, and strong body. Reducing weight, relieving pain, helping with balance, improving respiration, and energy. Its also proven that the body expels toxin’s through sweat and breath. When done correctly yoga strengthens all your muscles without hurting your body like sports. When the muscles and surrounding tissues are lengthened and relaxed during postures, it creates room for blood to flow, and attracts more oxygen to help muscles heal and grow. When the mind and body are healthy and happy, the spirit will follow.
For your spirit; It Builds awareness of your body, and your feelings. Promotes an interdependence between mind, body, and spirit. Helps you live the idea of “oneness” and teaches that the word “perfect” does not exists. It is also very common, for all practices to start with the teacher reciting a proverb, poem or inspirational quote, which can give a different perspective on things we face in our daily lives!