Why do Yoga?
The short answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures (asanas), breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga lets you tune in, chill out, shape up - all at the same time and there is so much more…
What is yoga? Yoga is an ancient practice with origins stretching back thousands of years in India. It is designed to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. The word ‘yoga’ itself means ‘union’ of body, mind and spirit.
Benefits of Yoga.
On a physiological level yoga is good for what that ails you. And the beauty of yoga is that anyone can do it, from beginners to advanced because yoga is not a competition, it is not about what one achieves on the mat but what one feels. You don’t need to be a yoga pretzel or be bendy to benefit. In fact, yoga is not about touching the toes but about what you learn on the way down. Through a sequence of carefully chosen poses supported with the breath, your body slowly opens up and allows for the energy to flow through it with ease. In our sedentary lifestyles, yoga helps to invite aliveness and flexibility into the spine, shoulders, lower back, hips, etc.
Research shows that yoga helps to manage and control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases. It also mproves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina, reduces stress and tension, improves concentration and creativity, stimulates the immune system, creates sense of well being and calm.
On an emotional and spiritual level yoga allows us to find our true selves.
Styles of Yoga.
Commonly Asked Questions:
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of comfy pants, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you and if you have your yoga mat, bring it along. If you do not have a yoga mat, it’s ok as we’ll have many on our premises together with the blocks, bolsters, blankets and other props.
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable.
YES, yes, million times yes!!!
Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
Yoga is for all levels, from beginners to advanced. It is not a competition, it is kindness to your body, helping it to heal, open up and release. You will be supported throughout the class with variations and props to feel safe and comfortable. It isn’t about attaining the perfect pose. It’s not about being “good enough” or “right”: Yoga is about removing any judgment and letting us be present to who we are right now, accepting where we are and allowing the magic to happen.
It all depends on the type of injury/illness but most probably you can. In any case it should not stop you from enquiring. Please consult it with your specialist and also your teacher prior to the class. Most type of injuries are ok, as there are many adjustments and variations we can do to make you feel safe and well. Often Yoga practice is also beneficial and encourages the healing of your injury.
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two times a week, for an hour or so.