THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH
Society today reflects the belief that disease, struggle and strife are natural to the human condition. Negative conditioning promotes ignorance, which prevents us from experiencing our true potential. These negative thoughts get stored in our bodies, causing energy blockages that disrupt the balance of our health. The ageing of the body is largely an artificial process caused by stress, poor diet, ingestion of toxins and exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. By purifying the body and keeping it supple, we can reduce the process of cell deterioration.
RELAXATION rests your entire system and releases tension in the muscles. Exercise followed by relaxation dislodges blockages in the system and restores the body’s normal energy flow. It also calms the mind.
EXERCISE – the yoga postures (asanas), help to stretch and tone all the muscles and strengthen bones and ligaments. Asanas improve circulation, immune system and keep the spine muscles and joints more flexible. They also help to relieve depression by increasing ‘feeling-good’ endorphins in the body.
BREATH CONTROL or Pranayama increase the capacity of the lungs, enabling you to breath more fully. They help to strengthen internal organs, improve mental control and deepen your ability to relax.
HEALTHY DIET – a well balanced, nourishing diet will boost the immune system, ensure better health and help to calm the mind. As a result, your body will become more resistant to illness and disease and you will feel a greater sense of general well-being and health. Learn more at Wildly Healthy Nutrition and Wellness.
MEDITATION AND POSITIVE THINKING – Yoga promotes positive thinking as one of its most important principles. It will train your mind too purify your thoughts so that a more confident you emerges. Meditation will ultimately lead to self-realisation – the real purpose of Yoga.
DIFFERENT STYLES OF YOGA
The science of Yoga is vast and has been divided into several branches, each focusing on different means of achieving the ultimate goal of Samadhi, true enlightenment. The reason for the many branches is to accommodate an many types of people and their learning styles as possible. Some of these are Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Tantric Yoga.
I teach Hatha Yoga which works to achieve your goal through the mastery of body and breath. It is the most practical and well known in the West. Within this branch you will come across many different names of yoga eg. Ashtanga, Bikram, Sivananda, Iyengar to name a few, these are all styles of Hatha yoga that a particular Guru or teacher has developed and given their name to. I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow Yoga which is not attributed to any one particular teacher and allows me the freedom of putting my own sequences of postures together to suit the needs and level of the class I am teaching at the time.