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People who practice Yoga once a week…..

Experience:

  1. Better sleep quality
  2. Lower blood pressure
  3. Are overall less stressed
  4. Balanced hormone levels

and these are just a few of the benefits you will notice!

 

What is yoga?

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Yoga is extensively known as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses known as ASANAS. For some people, yoga is the realization of inner self-satisfaction. For others, it is a religion that they believe and must follow.

 All of this statement makes it hard to make a full understanding of what yoga is.

So what is yoga?

Yoga goes far beyond just mere exercises full of awkward routines. Yoga is the union of mind, spirit, and body.

HATHA YOGA is the most popular variety of yoga and one that has been commonly taught for years AND the one that I teach. This type of Yoga is perfecting the mind by way of perfecting the body. With this technique, many ASANAS or postures, breathing techniques, and meditations are used.

Yoga is a very diverse practice, people young and old can gain many benefits from regular yoga practices, and ASANAS can be adjusted to fit physical limitations and other complications.

If you want a break from treadmills, weight rooms, or the pool, take a look at yoga. Not only are you striving towards physical well-being, you are striving towards spiritual well-being also.

Basically the simple answer to the question….what is Yoga?……is:

Yoga helps you become your own best version of YOU!

 

 

The Misconceptions of Yoga

 

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The perception of Yoga to the general public can be very misleading.

This has largely been created by the media, who when they are putting together a magazine cover want classy and complicated postures by a model who looks very thin, very svelte and very flexible!…..consequently this has created an image that Yoga is basically some form of complicated exercise similar to that of a circus acrobat!…..which then makes people believe…..!

I am not FLEXIBLE enough to practice Yoga

I have to be THIN to practice Yoga

I have to be YOUNG to practice Yoga

It is too COMPLICATED

These are huge misconceptions as Yoga can be adapted to any ability, regardless of limitations.

Yoga is suitable for everyone, all levels of it are not the same of course, BUT you are still getting the mind/body coordination and the meditative component – the mindfulness and the awareness.

There are four components:

The physical postures: stretching/breathing & relaxation techniques.

Self-regulation: the ability to control our internal stress response, and to control our emotional response

The cultivation of mind/body awareness: the sense of being able to feel and experience what is going on in the body, and to experience what is going on mentally to observe the flow of thought, this can lead to increased mindfulness which can change behaviours in a very positive way.

Experiencing deeper states: even short term meditative states can be transformative and can help take you to a more positive lifestyle.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOME ASPECT OF YOGA THAT IS APPLICABLE!!

The more control we have in our minds the more power we have in our life.

When we strengthen ourselves as individuals, we take back the power over our behaviour.