Yoga postures strengthen body and mind and restore the body’s natural internal and external balance that sometimes get thrown out by life’s challenges.

buddah-grassBody and mind are interconnected and yoga focuses on this interconnectedness. A strong, supple body is less prone to injury just as a steady, calm mind is less prone to stress.

Yoga means different things to different people. It has physical, emotional, intellectual, biological and spiritual benefits, like stress relief, stimulating digestion, rehabilitating of an injury, weight loss, strengthening or toning of muscles, improving concentration, mood, memory, etc.

You might start yoga for one reason and then continue for quite another. You might find that a dedicated yoga practice touches your life in many extraordinary and valuable ways.

The path of yoga that leads to samadi (enlightenment) creates conscious awareness of our bodies and minds, leading to living consciously and fully aware in every aspect of our lives.

 

Yogash chitta-vritti-nirodhah (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras I:2)
Yoga is realised when identification with the fluctuations of the mind ceases.

Stillness and Breath

Using the breath to turn your focus within quiets the mind and creates the stillness required to reduce stress and anxiety and become fully aware of your body and emotions. Through breath awareness and meditation, yoga teaches you to release stress and tension from body and mind.

Stimulates digestion

Yoga postures including twists and inversion stimulate internal organs and glands relieving many common digestive complaints and aiding digestion. Using the breath to control the abdominal muscles helps with the digestion process and elimination of toxins from the body.

Weight loss

Yoga increases metabolism as well as stimulating lymph drainage. Increased body awareness encourages healthy food choices.

Strength and Balance

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Yoga postures strengthen body and mind and restore the body’s natural internal and external balance that sometimes get thrown out by life’s challenges. Postures help strengthen and tone muscles, as well as building up core strength.

Flexibility

Yoga postures increase blood flow to joints, connective tissue, bones and muscles to allow greater flexibility and therefore less chance of injury. It also opens up the heart to improve posture and align the spine to protect the body from injury

Improved concentration, mood and memory

A calm mind and increased body awareness leads to improved self-esteem and mood. A positive frame of mind results in better concentration and memory.

New Perspectives

Putting your body in new and unusual positions creates the space for viewing life from new perspectives and questioning redundant beliefs in order to become fully aware of who you are.

Courage and Self Confidence

Facing fears and persevering in difficult postures during your yoga practice build courage and give you the confidence to face everyday challenges.

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