What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Eastern tradition that includes regulated breathing, moving through various postures, and meditation. Although different forms of yoga are practiced in many Eastern countries, the yoga practiced in the West primarily comes from the Indian tradition, specifically the form known as Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga typically focuses on postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana).
Is Yoga Mindfulness?
Yes, Yoga has always been known to traditionally be a non-competitive and mindful activity,
When fully embraced Yoga is a discipline that increases self-awareness through body based practices, meditation, self-study, and the reading of philosophical texts.
Yoga is a tool of self discovery and healing....
During a typical session you'll be invited to bring your attention to the present moment, accept and keep an open attitude toward the experience, and to have insightful understanding towards the positive healing attitudes that are encouraged throughout the yoga practice... on the mat and off the mat...
Reasons for practising yoga
Your reason for wanting to practise yoga or your reason for currently practising yoga is not important.
The important thing is that you have overcome previous prejudices and postponements to try yoga for yourself. You have overcome the biggest obstacle.
Perhaps you are doing yoga to develop a healthy body or a beautiful body.
There is nothing wrong with this motive and the practices of yoga will help you to attain this. All we say to you is:
"Be aware of your mind.
Do you feel more peaceful ?
"Have you developed greater concentration?
If so, then through personal experience you will know that yoga practices have a beneficial influence on the
mind as well as the body.
Perhaps you have some illness or body ailment which you want to eliminate and have come to yoga as a last resort.
Whether it is physical or mental, it does not matter, for yoga can help you. If it is mental peace you want, or improved concentration or willpower, then definitely yoga can help, as the very essence of yoga is tied up with these faculties.
Many people have unsatisfactory relationships. Yoga aims at enabling you to know yourself and to see your foibles and
nature in others through developing awarness or a state of mindfulness.
Maybe you have religious beliefs, but without any spiritual experience.
Or maybe you have no religious beliefs and you seek spiritual experience.
Or perhaps you have no belief in the existence of spiritual experience, but have come to yoga merely to see what it is all about.
It does not matter - you have come. That is the main thing.
Whatever your situation in life, whatever you believe or do not believe, whatever you want from life,
yoga will help you because it changes your whole being and hence your relationship with and attitude to life itself.
The ultimate point of yoga, however, is to expand your consciousness, to open your eyes to the vast number of things around you, of which at present you are unaware.
It was Shakespeare who said:
" There are more things in heaven and earth . . . than
are dreamt of in your philosophy."
We must keep our minds open to new possibilities. Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Yoga is an excellent way to relax, re-focus and re-energise. It is a low-impact way of losing weight, improving fitness and muscle tone....
Improved efficiency of lungs and cardio-vascular system
Improved posture, flexibility and strength
Enhanced feeling of well-being
Better quality of sleep
Reduction of anxiety and depression
Elementalyoga can tailor sessions to your specific requirements including: relaxation, energy and focus, back pain, weight loss and nutrition, body toning, mental health, cardio, pregnancy, postnatal and children.
We can create a programme for you, even in the comfort of your own home, all you need is to contact us.
FAQ: Does yoga help with weight control?
YES, some stronger form of yoga will speed up the physical detoxification process, but it is not just about those extra pounds..
Yoga relaxes your body and mind.
Being overweight is an indicator that something is out of balance in your life. Excess stress is a big factor that contributes to weight gain.
Yoga helps detoxification of the body
Yoga helps with detoxification of the mind (and emotions)