The Basics and Health benefits
The practice of Yoga is aligned with many different elements. When one speaks about Yoga, they connect not only to the physical aspect of stretching and exercise, but also to the facet of the practice which brings about calm and peace to one’s mind and body. The term ‘Yoga’ essentially means ‘Union’, which encompasses bringing about unity of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is a journey of self-discovery and healing, using asana (stretching and movement postures) to attain strength and health physically, as well as peace and serenity mentally.

Yoga is about conscious awareness of the body, the breath and the mind. There is no right and no wrong in this practice, there is no goal and no competition. Physically, Yoga integrates movement of the body and awareness of the breath to attain the depth of the stretch suitable for each individual. The more one is aware of their body and their breathing, the more they begin to connect on a deeper level of consciousness. They are sentient about the health of their body as well as the wellbeing of their mind. It is not about being part of a specific religion or about certain worship; it is a holistic practice, not a holy one.

Yoga can alleviate stress, anxiety and fatigue. It promotes better sleep and deeper relaxation. It helps to strengthen and stretch the body’s connective tissues, ligaments and bones, bringing about improved circulation and longevity. Yoga enhances the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems within the human body, bringing about prolonged health and wellness with a steady and continued dedication to the practice. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens over time; it takes commitment and perseverance to begin to notice changes in the body physically as well as developments in the mind mentally.

Article written by Denise Taylor – Yoga Instructor (0775611758)
The Yoga Room
Queen of Hearts Complex
1 Hurworth, Highlands
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