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“Health is Wealth. Peace of Mind is Happiness. Yoga shows the Way.”

Swami Vishnudevananda

 

Why do Yoga?


 By stretching through the body it aids the release of blocked energy and emotions that sometimes get ‘stuck’. Asanas (Yoga Postures) release the flow of energy and therefore have an energising effect.

Meditation increases awareness and helps to slow the nervous impulses through the body and mind. In meditation we close our physical eyes so that we can open the Third Eye enhancing our intuition and awareness thereby improving Self -Knowledge.

All in all, Yoga and Meditation are tools which work together to aid relaxation. Learning to relax is the greatest gift you can give yourself (and others). 

Relaxation is needed to enhance memory, improve physical and mental health and increase harmony in our lives. 

What is Yoga?


 Yoga is a holistic practice which, through the application of integral components, act as a vehicle for purifying the mind, strengthening positive thoughts and equipping us with the necessary flexibility, energy and resilience to face each new day and each of life’s challenges with joy.

Many people misunderstand, form assumptions or have misconceptions about yoga – this excerpt I read in Rod Stryker’s book, ‘The Four Desires’, I think, sums up what yoga truly is for those who are interested in discovering the truth and depths of yoga:

“When yoga is understood in it’s totality, it is not a religion; it is a practical and comprehensive science for realising life’s ultimate aims.  The yoga tradition provides one of humankind’s most effective systems for achieving enrichment and happiness in every aspect of life. In short, in the same way that the physical practice of yoga so effectively benefits your body and mind, the larger science of yoga is similarly powerful in unlocking the vast potentials of your body, mind, and spirit. “

Yoga is an ancient philosophy transcended directly from the Vedascombining Breathing (Pranayama), Postures (Asanas), Relaxation, Healthy Eating, Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana). When practiced regularly, Yoga balances the emotions, calms the mind and relieves stress in addition to the countless physical benefits.

Benefits for the Body      

 Improves mobility and flexibility

Improves circulation and lowers blood pressure

Nourishes, stimulates and maintains the vital balance of the endocrine glands (stimulating healthy growth and development)

Improves energy levels

Improves digestion and respiration functions

Strengthens nervous system

Improves immune system

Promotes structural development by working through the joints therefore improving posture

Benefits for the Mind and Emotions  

 Increases supply of fresh blood to the brain

Improves mental capacity and promoting concentration Increases mental awareness

Increases confidence and acceptance of the self

Improves mental capacity and memory function

Improves ability to deal with daily stresses

Improves intuition

Balances the emotions and the hemispheres of the brain

Releases blocked channels of energy

Through a dedicated practice of Yoga and Meditation we discover  ourselves and, by discovering our own inner peace and loving ourselves as we are we create our own inner sanctum which will then impact positively on the world around us.

“The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work” Swami Vivekananda (Indian Sage)

See you on the Mat!

” Charlie is a registered RYT 200 teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.

This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK.”

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