Yoga


Yoga comes from an Indian word meaning to unite. Yoga is a means of restoring a healthier balance to body and mind so that you are better able to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life.

Yoga (exercises) re-align, purify and strengthen the body, mind and spirit. Practices begin with the outermost aspect of the personality - the physical body. Asanas help to keep the body healthy by removing tensions and massaging the internal organs, thereby improving their function and giving greater flexibility to the spine, muscles and joints. Yoga's roots are an ancient systems first documented well over 2,000 years ago. Yoga aims to improve balance both physically and mentally.

All true forms of yoga comprise 3 elements

1. Pranayama (breathing)
2. Asanas (postures)
3. Dhyana (meditation)

PRANAYAMA

Pranayama is the exercise of the breath. Breathing techniques are important within Yoga not only for improving the supply of oxygen to the body but also for strengthening the lungs, but the way we breath also has a direct effect on the brain and emotions, balancing the nervous system and putting us in touch with deeper energies and many other aspects of our being.

ASANAS

Yoga practice begins with the outermost aspect of our form, the body. Asanas (set movements) help to keep the body healthy by removing tensions and massaging the internal organs, thereby improving their function and giving greater flexibility to the spine, muscles and joints.

MEDITATION

In considering what meditation is, it is perhaps worth considering what meditation is not.
Meditation is not about control, achieving states of bliss or euphoria. It is not about escaping from the mind or body.
Meditation is about being still, even in walking meditation!
In sitting meditation many methods are available to get started and once some clarity in sitting is found these methods or tricks can be let go of or put aside, and the practice of meditation can grow to become a wonderful opportunity to find clarity of being, clarity of mind and body.

Practitioners:

Lucy Sam