The ultimate wellbeing tool: connecting Body, Mind & Spirit
Yoga is an ancient practice with origins stretching back thousands of years in India and was designed to help achieve a more positive outlook on life and a focused, permanent sense of serenity and peace. Unfortunately, in the western world, many people have stripped away the spirituality and focus of yoga so that most think of it as a group of intensely athletic people putting their legs behind their heads or tree hugging hippies mumbling OM. While that certainly happens, yoga has so much more to offer than the idea of a “perfect” body. People of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities can do yoga and adapt it to suit their individual tastes and needs. If you think yoga might not be for you, I urge you to reconsider:
The MIND: Steady postures, breath work and inner focus can free the mind from turmoil, promoting stability of mind by balancing emotions, and improving your outlook on life. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns, relaxes the mind, centres attention and sharpens concentration.
The BODY: It keeps the body clean, flexible and well lubricated to stay young by reducing the process of cell deterioration. Regular practice can help such diverse ailments as diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue, asthma, varicose veins and heart conditions. Postures can restore, rebalance and strengthen overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments.
The SPIRIT: The value of discovering and enjoying our own self begins a journey into being rather than doing. It is easier (but make no mistake not effortless) to then practise yoga off the mat and
YOGA CLASSES – REGISTRATION STAGE DISCLAIMER / INSTRUCTIONS
It is important that you let your teacher know about any medical conditions such as recent injuries, pregnancy, etc. because while some of the practices might be beneficial some others might be injurious and should be modified or avoided. If you have any doubt about your medical condition or the suitability of yoga for you, please consult your doctor.
What do you need to practice Yoga?
- Wear comfortable closing which allows you to move and breathe freely.
- Yoga is practised bare feet: no exceptions
- Always practise yoga on an empty stomach (that means do not eat for a minimum of 2 hours before your practice). If you are really peckish you can have a small snack such as a banana. You can also bring water but it is recommended that you drink after you have finished rather than during.
- Yoga matt are available but you can bring your own: your mat is where you build your practice and energy; see it is your own private oasis
- Have a blanket large enough to cover you during relaxation. It also does come in handy to help you in some of the postures.
- Leave the ego out of the mat – Yoga is non-competitive.
- Listen to your body: If anything hurts or doesn’t “feel” right for you, stop at once and come out of the posture gently. Your teacher will give general safety advice for each posture, but you must take responsibility for your own safety by listening to your body and respecting it: only YOU know how YOU feel.
- Be aware of your breathing. If your breathing become strain then it tells you that you are trying too hard. The tutor will usually give you guidelines as to when to breathe in and out. If in doubt breathe out and always breathe through the nose.
- Work within your own body and within your own capacity at that moment in time. The saying “no pain no gain” has no relevance in Yoga.
- Every individual is different and progress will come on a case by case basis with practice.
- Be aware of your body and which parts are being used.
- Go into and come out of the postures slowly and carefully.