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"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be stilled, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
When you aren't feeling your best, it is difficult to enjoy life. Yoga is not just a system of physical exercises, it is a complete system to enhance wellness.
If the stress of everyday life is getting you down, you find yourself feeling anxious, unable to make decisions or get ahead, you need yoga!
Do you lay awake at night unable to sleep with events, problems and scenarios playing in your mind? You need yoga!
Do you have pain that doesn't seem to get better whatever you try? Have you been to specialists but not found much improvement? You need yoga!
In yoga therapy, there is a different approach to these problems, choosing the appropriate tools from yoga's range. Yoga is a holistic method of health that has been around for thousands of years. The most effective yoga strategies for the issues mentioned are (usually) yoga asana (exercises), breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga nidra (a type of guided meditation). As every problem and person is different, each person's needs are different.
When the body is stressed it may show up as pain, old or new injuries refuse to heal, despite different medical interventions and the attention of specialists, it doesn’t resolve.
With yoga we work on the connection between mind, body and spirit. Yoga isn’t just physical exercises, there are 8 limbs to yoga and only one of those is the physical exercises. The physical exercise component of yoga is important, but breathing and relaxation practices are also at the forefront of resolving or managing stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
Yoga, practiced correctly, is a way of improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness. These things happen almost unknowingly as you become more familiar with your yoga practice. Practicing yoga with awareness, learning to be aware of your breathing patterns, incorporating your breath into movements, enjoying the feeling of gently moving and getting clean fresh air into your body - all these things help to release tension and allow energy to flow more freely in your body. All this leads you to experience a greater sense of well-being.
Physical movements can be supported with various props, making poses more accessible to everyone. Props are used to help get into poses without straining, and because props can enable even the most advanced yogini to get into a pose correctly or hold a pose a little longer.
Many people seem to think you have to be flexible to come to yoga. That is like saying you need to be able to play the piano to go to a piano lesson! Come to yoga to help your body become more flexible. And remember, yoga is not all about physical exercise, your session may involve a bit of sitting or lying quietly, exercising your mind and becoming aware of your breath.
If you have issues that have been on-going for a while, maybe your doctor has advised you to try yoga, please get in contact and I will endeavour to help you with a different approach.
It doesn't matter if you're trying to start a business, lose weight, start exercising, write a book, look after your family, reduce stress, or achieve any number of other goals ... who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is enough to get going.