Yoga is absolutely wonderful. It is not only an amazing way to keep your body healthy and feeling great but if you connect to it a little deeper it can become a whole lot more. Yogis seek to experience the spirit or the energy all around us, when we are connecting to this energy we are helping to balance out our inner emotions and learning how to harness them.
Yoga in its truest form gives us time to quiet the mind and truly listen to our inner selves, really feeling the flow of energy all around us. Yoga encourages the synchronisation between body, mind and the spirit, through meditation, breathing and physical postures, allowing us to form a deeper connection to our inner selves and the world around us.
Yoga is definitely physical and if you practice regularly you develop stamina, strength and flexibility. The postures really challenge the body but it is also a mental exercise. Yoga helps you to work though emotional stress and psychological challenges. Being aware of your own thoughts and feelings is critical to the performance of Yoga. Therefor awareness is a large part of your spiritual practice. Pushing yourself through the hardest physical postures can allow your body to become exhausted allowing your mind to quiet and giving you inner peace.
The Spiritual Laws of Yoga promote both physical health and emotional wellbeing. Some of the benefits for the body are:
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Enhanced balance
- Increased strength and muscle tone
- Greater endurance
- Enhanced immune function
Get to Know the Eight Limbs of Yoga
- Yama: Morality
- Ahimsa: Compassion for all living things
- Satya: Commitment to truthfulness
- Asteya: Nonstealing
- Bramacharya: Sense control
- Aparigraha: Nonattachment
- Niyama: Personal attitudes of how to live one's life
- Suaca: Purity
- Santosa: Contentment
- Tapas: Disciplined use of our energies
- Svadhyaya: Self-study
- Ishvarapranidhana: Contemplation of the divine
- Asanas: Body postures
4. Pranayama: Breath control
5. Pratyahara: Nonattachment to sensory stimulation
6. Dharana: Meditation
7. Dhyana: Devotion
8. Samadhi: Union with the divine
Pranayama’s calms down the mind. With the regular practice of yoga poses, you will see that clarity dawns right away, body balance and flexibility improves, and makes you healthy, strong and alert.
Learning to breathe through difficult postures gets brought with you and helps you breathe through difficult times in life.
Stretching in the yoga poses to your limit without comparing to another, leads to an attitude of always doing your best in a situation. This attitude is helpful when overcoming stress.
Being physically flexible can lead towards mental flexibility. At the same time, being mentally flexible (for example: 'I can do it' attitude) leads to physical flexibility.
Though many people think of yoga as a fitness exercise, it actually is a comprehensive life philosophy that originated more than 5,000 years ago in India.
Although yoga has been around for centuries, reaping its rewards doesn’t take long at all: Just a few minutes of practice at the end of a long day can help stretch and relax sore muscles. Practiced regularly, yoga can be a powerful way to relieve anxiety and cope with everyday stress. Over time, it also can transform your body, building stronger muscles while it improves flexibility, joint mobility and leaving you better equipped to overcome life’s many obstacles.