What is Yoga?

Yoga is a discipline that helps you sync your body, mind, and heart. Like a working meditation, it includes stretching and certain positions that can bring on a feeling of wellbeing when done regulairly.

You do not need to be able to do difficult yoga positions to benefit from doing Yoga. Everyone is a different fitness level, and even the simplest yoga positions and moves can improve your overall wellbeing.

Yoga is a direct experience of the vast interrelatedness of all life and of all things. You will feel at peace at the end of a yoga session because there is a natural realignment of your body which leads to a natural realignment of your perception of life and of who you are.

To do yoga correctly, you will need to develop discipline

Yoga is much more that postural alignment and breathing.

If you stay with yoga long enough, you may discover a "spiritual awakening" (for lack of a better phrase.) You will find out that who you are, is not just your body, and not just the conversations in your mind.

Through steady practice, you can manifest less self-importance, less material attachment, more capacity for joy, less judgmentalness, and more tolerance toward others. It is about transformation, not hamstrings, but along the way we have to take care of them.

This is not dogma, but a direct experience. Yoga will open your eyes to things you have not experienced before. It will take you beyond the mundane survival level and into a whole new appreciation of life.

You will develop wisdom of how your body works most efficiently. You will learn how your conscious and unconsious mind can either support or harm you, and then later, a deeper wisodm naturally gets revealed.

Each posture is held for a period of time and synchronised with the breath. Generally, a yoga session begins with gentle, easy positions and works up to the more vigorous or challenging postures. A full yoga session should exercise every part of the body and should include breath control practices, relaxation and meditation.

The different postures include lying postures, sitting postures, standing postures, forward bends, twisting postures, back bending postures and inverted, or upside down postures.

check your library or online for some information on yoga positions you could start with at home if you would like to try yoga. Consider signing up for a yoga class once or twice to see if you like it.

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