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Q:  Why yoga is good for you ?
A:   Yoga works on all aspects of the person, the physical, the emotional and the mental level.

On a physical level:

  • it balances the nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems which influence all the other systems and organs in the body
  • it tones the body
  • it makes the body more flexible
  • it improves your balance
  • it improves your posture
  • it increases your energy
  • immune system is boosted
  • helps the digestive system…

On a mental and emotional level:

  • it relieves the stress
  • teaches you to relax completely
  • It helps to stay connected in the present, not the past or future
  • It helps accept yourself for who you are
  • It reduces anxiety
  • It can improve memory and relaxation
  • It will with practice help find a way of connecting with your true self and find more happiness in your life..

 

Yoga Relax

Conditions yoga can help with:

  • back ache
  • insomnia
  • weight loss
  • stress related tensions..

In the ancient context of yoga, postures were practised in order to be able to keep the body in a seated position for a long time in  meditation.
The postures are called asanas in sanskrit . These postures make the flow of life force (prana) circulate throughout the body, removing stiffness and blockages.

The practice of postures harmonizes the body and the mind and the connection between the two.
By practising the postures with awareness, concentration and relaxation, you get the most benefits out of your practice.

Asanas are designed to have an effect on the external body (muscles, joints, ligaments..) and the internal body (hormonal, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular systems).

Prana meaning life force and Ayama meaning expansion, . it means expansion of the life force. It is not only about how to learn how to breath better and getting more oxygen into our body. It changes the flow of prana in the nadies (energy channels, a bit like the chinese meridiens).

When we are stressed, our breathing get shalower and erratic. By learning how to control the breath, you are more able to calm the mind. Learning to to be aware of the breath helps to relax and also bring more awareness while practising the postures.

“Yoga nidra is a simple guided relaxation and meditation technique experienced lying down, and is often the favourite practice of yoga students. Yoga nidra is unique to the Satyananda tradition, and is originally derived from an ancient tantric practice known as nyasa. It involves a systematic relaxation and purification at the physical, mental and emotional levels.

Yoga nidra can easily deepen into a blissful experience where the body sleeps but the awareness remains active as it descends through the layers of the mind. Yoga nidra has many associated health benefits and is used widely to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and insomnia.”

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“In the Satyananda Yoga system, there are a variety of meditation techniques that will aid towards introverting the awareness and accessing deeper realms of the mind. According to the majority of yoga schools, one must master the preliminary stages of asana and pranayama before being ready to proceed with meditation. The pre-meditative group of asanas, widely taught in Satyananda Yoga classes, contains excellent practices to prepare the body for sitting comfortably in classical meditation postures. Meditation techniques are taught systematically, and over a course of sessions may cover body stillness, breath awareness, inner observation and mantra (sound vibration).

The regular practice of meditation will expand the awareness and bring the practitioner many benefits, including enhanced concentration, reduced stress and a sense of calm amidst the ups and downs of daily life.”

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Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs.

Restorative yoga provides healing for the body and the mind. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety

It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed. Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.

Restorative practice by nature is a receptive practice, and in that receptivity you can guide yourself toward a more healthy state of being. Restorative yoga is much more like meditation or relaxation or yoga nidra than it is like hatha yoga. When you are in passive postures supported by props, using no muscular effort, the focus is on relieving the grip of muscular and inner tension, and you can be more spacious and receptive. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening. You’re exploring what happens when you slowly release your habitual way of holding—what are you left with?

– Enhances flexibility
– Deeply relaxes the body
– Stills the mind
– Improves capacity for healing and balancing
– Balances the nervous system
– Boosts the immune system
– Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self
– Enhances mood states

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