Om Namah Shivaya
I bow to my deepest heart.
The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj meaning to bind, join, attach, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use, apply. It also means union, communion. It is the true union of our will. In The Gita according to Gandhi: “the yoking of all the powers of body, mind, and soul.” It means the disciplining of the intellect, the mind, emotions, and will. Yoga means a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi is by the grace of the spirit within self and finds fulfilment.
“The mind is impetuous and stubborn, strong and wilful, as difficult to harness as the wind.” The true meaning of yoga is to turn pain and sorrow into rich, fertile compost and grow ourselves more fully in love.
To the respectful and complete healing of your body, your mind and your heart, we bow.
Benefits of Yoga
Physical and physiological benefits
- Strengthens and tones the core muscles
- Increases muscles definition throughout the body
- Improves flexibility
- Strengthens the joints and contributes to better bone health
- Supports the function of the circulatory and respiratory systems
- Increases capacity and strength of the lungs
- Massages and encourages fresh oxygenated blood to the internal organs
- Balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems
- Aids better quality and more restful sleep
- Supports digestive health
Helps maintain and improve mental and emotional health
- Reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Helps to build resilience to the effects of stress and anxiety
- Improves cognitive function, boosts memory and sharpens concentration
- Increases overall body awareness
- Increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which lifts the mood and helps you feel happier
- Improves your relationship with yourself, which in turn helps with improving your relationships with other people