Yoga began thousands of years ago in India. The physical postures in yoga help the body become more flexible, stronger and healthier, allowing the mind to be calmer, more focused, and improving overall health.
Cultivating body awareness is the heart of yoga. Yoga provides a means to attune the body and bring clarity to the mind. Beyond the physical benefits, Yoga is a practice to open the body, heart, mind and spirit.
Why should I practice yoga?
Yoga is great regardless of what type of yoga or how often you practice but you will find the more you practice the deeper the changes in your physical and emotional well being. Some benefits:
- Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit
- Improves posture, flexibility and energy, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains
- Calms the mind
- Strengthens and tones muscles
- Increases circulation, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure
- Can help reduce weight, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia
How many times a week should I practice?
One of the hardest things is finding time to do activities that are beneficial to our well-being. Even if you only practice one hour a week you will see and feel a noticeable difference. Doing more one experiences more benefits. Start with 2 or 3 times a week and you will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice grows naturally.
I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?
Flexibility is a benefit, not a requirement. Come and you will find that yoga will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
How is yoga different from stretching or other fitness programs?
Yoga emphasizes alignment, meaning that how you are touching your toes is more important than whether you actually touch them. Yoga is also more than physical. Even in the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the body’s movement with our mind and the rhythm of our breath. This connection helps us direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention we recognize our thought patterns without labels or judgement. We become aware of our experience moment to moment. This awareness is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or goal. Our bodies become more flexible, so does our mind.
Yoga is not a competitve sport
Don’t push or compare. Students are encouraged to explore their threshold in a non competitive manner. There is no hurry, treat your body with love and compassion as it grows with your practice. If one maintains a regular practice, your body will transform before your eyes.