WHAT IS YOGA?

BODY, MIND AND SOUL.

ALL ABOUT THE BODY, MIND AND SOUL. Yoga is an ancient discipline that originated in India thousands of years ago and comes from the Sanskrit word “yui” – combining all aspects of the individual to achieve a balanced life. however, the questions still remain – What is yoga and how does it benefit us?

 

Good for Flexibility, Strength & Mind

 

There are few other exercises that can actively increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, still your mind and calm your thoughts quite like yoga can. yoga uses the combination of asanas (postures), concentration on body parts and pranayama (breathing) to help integrate the body, mind and soul in a way that benefits the yogi.

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    Body

Yoga poses help condition your body and there are thousands of poses, which can be broken down into kriyas (actions), mudras (seals) and bandhas (locks). Yoga kriya focuses on the effort needed to move the energy through the spine; yoga mudra concentrates on the gesture to hold the energy; and yoga bandha focuses on holding muscular contractions.

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    Mind

Yoga helps teach you to focus on specific parts or areas of your body. For example, in a yoga class, the instructor will ask you to bring your awareness to specific body parts, which will help you connect the mind and body – the focus is internal between you and your body.

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    Soul

Through controlled breathing, yoga merges the mind, body and spirit. Pranayamas help control the energy flow in your body and helps you focus on the muscles. During savasana (corpse pose) your heart rate is slowed down, your mind is calm and you will find a sense of inner peace.

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