Quite simply, Yoga helps you to feel really really good! Yoga supports us to release stress and anxiety, heal from chronic pain and injury, develop physical, emotional and mental stability and a deeper connection to our selves and others and in fact life itself. What’s not good about that? Delight in finding more strength, ease of movement and stamina in your daily lives and specific activities. Discover yoga’s accesibility to everybody. You do not have to already be flexible, calm or strong. Enjoy a playful, non-judgemental, inspiring atmosphere.Yoga really is a ‘science of life’. It brings together the key components of health into one practice including;
Movement – Our bodies need to move. ‘A body with consistent daily motion is a body at its happiest’. Our body systems need movement to function. Both strengthening and stretching the physical postures or Asanas form the main focus for our Yoga classes on retreat. Your body will open and energy will flow more freely along the meridians/energy channels of the body. This can free blockages and bring more vitality to all areas of your being.
The physical postures can also be used to target specific areas of weakness, injury or imbalances in the body and in-fact the mind and emotions as really the body and mind and feelings are all one. For example postures which open the chest area can also have an emotional connection and are related to the opening of the heart. Yoga offers a wonderful calming way to nurture and care for the body and address any old or current issues. Working in conjunction with your Osteopath, GP or Physiotherapist Yoga really can aid the healing of some very debilitating injuries.
Breathing – exercises known as Pranyama will help extend the breath, calm the mind and soothe the entire nervous system as well as expanding the bodies capacity for oxygen which in turns creates more energy and stamina.
Relaxation – meditation practices or a technique known as Yoga Nidra or Yoga sleep will be included in every class. These will guide your whole body into a deep state of inner peace and calm, letting go tensions and worries. True relaxation has a profound effect on the entire being, enabling us to fully recharge our energy stores and allow the subconscious to process any residue emotions.
One pointed focus – the benefits of being able to truly focus on one thing when we may have so many restless thoughts passing through are mind is clear. We can enjoy our activities more in more present moment awareness, achieve tasks more easily, and live a more calm centred existence. One pointed focus can bring us into a state of flow. Flow states are sates where your whole self is in sync. Moving as one with body mind and spirit in total presence and connection. Our beings can experience this state given all the right ingredients. Yoga is one way to reach this state. As are other activities when you become totally in the now. dancing, running, writing, creating music and art.
Authentic compassionate thinking and self expression – Yoga practice teaches us to be with what is. To bring awareness to any challenges, not avoiding them but, lovingly noticing difficult aspects of our experience and gradually expanding love and compassion with ourselves and others. This doesn’t mean a blanket white wash of positive thinking instead it means honouring whatever experience you are going through with your self and others and finding ways to compassionately express your true feelings in appropriate ways without harming your self or others. Yoga helps us to develop these practices consistently so we may use them in times of stress and pressure or crisis. This in turn has the benefit of leading towards more positive thinking and a lighter life experience.