When asked what Yoga entails, the general assumption is of a recent fad or a means to reach goals in personal fitness, health, a lifestyle change, or a way to relax and meditate. The actual meaning behind the practice of yoga is the unification of spirit, mind and body as well as a realization of the Self and the process of detachment from the ego. Through yoga asana or "poses", self realization and unification of the mind and body allow for the elevation of specific states of consciousness as well as the opportunity to live blissfully in the moment.
Unite Body, Mind and Spirit
Who is yoga for?
Yoga is for everyone! Young, old, sedentary or active the practice of yoga can be tailored to benefit anyone. Mentally yoga helps calm your mind, decrease stress and increase the "feel good" neurotransmitters aka brain chemicals. Physically yoga facilitates increased range of motion, flexibility, strength, postural alignment and healing from injury. When practiced properly deep fascial restrictions can be released in the muscles that build up over years of repetitive motions. Spiritually yoga brings awareness to your base state of being so you can move past ingrained actions. In this state your intuition and connection to a universal consciousness is stronger.
What can you expect?
Yoga will bring sensation into your body that you may have never felt before. Yoga postures or "asana" target various muscle groups to simultaneously strengthen and lengthen. Expect a slow warm up of gentle movements followed by longer held poses that may challenge your sense of balance, strength and attention span. The end of the practice will bring you into a deeply relaxed state, you might even fall asleep! Remember, Yoga is a preventative approach as well as an active method to affect the whole person. Over time it assists the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.