.What is Yoga? The word Yoga means union. This can be interpreted many ways but the most common understanding is union of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is a multidemensional practice that icludes asanas, or postures that build physical strength and flexibility, pranayama (breathing excersizes), and meditation. Yoga is not a religion but a mind-body practice that will assist you in deepening your own self awareness.
Benefits of Yoga Yoga forces us to slow down, breathe deep and tune into our own awareness of what is really causing us pain or suffering. Physically it activates the Parasympathetic nervous system which controls the functions our bodies need to regulate on a daily basis including sleep, digestion, and cellular repair. Yoga allows us to put a hault on the constant train of thoughts running through our mind and focus on the present moment. Through this focus on the present moment we are able to cultivate acceptence and grattitude which studies have shown are key components of happiness. Spiritually it allows time for us to connect with our beliefs and tap into a source of subtle energy and universal knowledge.
Yoga for Every-body Contrary to some popular belief you do not have to be strong or flexible to do yoga. Its true that through yoga you can train your body to do things you never thought were possible, but all you really need to do yoga is a mind, body and willingness to learn. There are hundreds of different styles of yoga from Ashtanga Yoga which is extremely regimented and vigorous, to restorative yoga which focuses on calming the mind and body through supported poses. Yoga can be adapted for athletes, children, the elderly, disabled and pregnant women. Through the use of props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters, straps and careful verbal and hands on guidance yoga can be made accessible to anyone.