The Benefits of Yoga

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The combination of physical movement, relaxation and meditation has many benefits!

Yoga means Union. The practices stretch, tone and energise your body and help focus the mind, allowing a greater capacity for health and wellbeing and true happiness and freedom in daily life. 

Yoga postures build strength and flexibility, massage internal organs and glands encouraging optimal function, stimulate the circulation, encourage full deep respiration, help to optimise the nervous system, and energise the body, no matter what shape it may be in.

Relaxation and meditation help you to calm the mind and experience inner peace, which is very helpful for managing the stresses we have in our life. Increased awareness of body and mind, combined with some of the other yogic practices such as meditation, help us to see that we can experience union or oneness with the universe – a state of pure conscious aware being.

The poses are explained clearly and you are encouraged to notice your body and feel the work you are doing. Yoga is about coming more observant and in tune with one’s own body and it is important to listen to your body and work in a steady and easeful way – nothing should be forced! Flexibility, strength, and the experience of health and wholeness increase gradually as a consequence. This union of small individual self with the larger consciousness of the universe already exists, but our usual habit is that we don’t notice it, and so our yoga practices help us to really experience that union.