Yoga

Yoga means ‘union’. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.

Yoga was developed in India many thousands of years ago and an increasing popularity today is proof that many people value an exercise system that engages the mind, body and spirit in equal measure. It can be practiced to enhance overall health, to improve balance, to heal and prevent injuries, to strengthen muscles and to open the body for meditation.

Sessions are typically comprised of asanas (postures), breathing exercises and meditation that stretch and flex various muscle groups. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of yoga, produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

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Why Do Yoga

The short answer is that yoga makes you feel better. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of yoga, produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

Yoga is more than just stretching, asanas (postures) open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body. Asanas purify and strengthen the body and control and focus the mind. You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced.

Yoga is non-competitive and suitable for anyone, regardless of your age or fitness level. Very often, yoga is only partially understood as being limited to asanas. As such, its benefits are only perceived to be at the body level and we fail to realize the immense benefits yoga offers in uniting the body, mind and breath. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.

Meditation

The ultimate goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. Meditation takes you beyond the restless activity of the mind to a deeper, more peaceful space.

The mind needs to be stilled occasionally to keep it working at peak efficiency. Teaching yourself how to relax your mind and release it from the stress of thought for a short period each day keeps it clear and clean. You will think better, you will see more accurately and with more insight. You’ll be able to concentrate and focus on things like never before. You will be able to truly relax and develop awareness – the capacity to notice fully every event in your life as it happens.

Meditation is one of the five principles of yoga. It an important tool to achieve mental clarity and health. An overview of the different beginner and advanced meditation techniques will aid in choosing the right meditation exercise. Although you don’t need to formally meditate in order to practice yoga; nor is the practice of yoga mandatory in order to meditate – the two practices support one another. Through the practice of yoga, you enhance both your abilities to concentrate and to relax – the two most important requirements for meditation. The practice of yoga is a stepping stone toward successful meditation.

Through meditation you can gain new perspectives on life. You could spend a whole lifetime seeking outside yourself for happiness, but in reality it can only be found inside. Meditation helps you to understand yourself. With time, you will discover where your true nature and abilities lie. It will inspire you to find your own creativity and inner resources. You will feel encouraged to get the most benefit out of each day.

As with learning and perfecting yoga postures, meditation is a lifelong quest. The daily effort is increasing your concentration and willpower and helping you to gain control over your mind. Control of the mind is the key to success in life. If you can become the master of this dynamic and vast source of potential energy, you have access to a powerful resource.

It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what’s going on around you. We will introduce you to the basics of meditation, allowing you to begin your journey on the path of enlightenment.