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Yoga unites different parts of ourselves - our body, the mind and the spirit that drives us. Yoga balances and integrates us, assuring we are physically healthy, mentally clear and strong, and spiritually connected. This means that we have awareness of our own feelings, needs and desires, and can be present to these things, as well as present with the people in our lives.
Yoga is a complete form of exercise that strengthens the entire body, improves flexibility, develops balance, improves circulation, and reduces stress. It's an excellent complement to any physical practice or exercise, as it helps to prevent injuries and establish greater stability and range of motion. It helps heal past injuries and it provides the best way to practice preventative care and enhance overall well-being.
Our world is one of duality. Yoga is a systematic technology that brings balance to the body's systems and to the mind, so we can handle what emerges in life. Yoga calms the mind, improves concentration, steadies the emotions, and opens the heart to feeling fully alive.
There are many forms of yoga (such as devotion or service), but the western practice tends to be hatha yoga, typically focused more on the physical body. Kundalini Yoga moves beyond this practice into more depth of yoga's offerings. Yoga's postures or poses give us the chance to stretch, twist, balance, strengthen and concentrate, as we breathe and relax. Yoga also requires an aware and focused mind. With consistent practice, you notice where you are strong and weaker, where you are tense and can relax. This awareness allows us to find self-compassion, open up to possibilities and improve ourselves from where we are.
With yoga practice, benefits emerge including: increased body awareness, flexibility and strength, reduced stress, more balanced body systems (e.g., metabolism or blood pressure), as well as relief from aches and tension. Immunity also increases as the nervous system is supported by the movement of energy in the body. This movement of energy is why yoga works!
Leave all stereotypes behind! Anyone can practice yoga. The idea that you must balance on one arm, or be very flexible or strong to practice yoga is false. That is the point of yoga - to increase balance, flexibility and strength. Yoga is for babies and seniors and everyone in between.
Yoga is not a religion, but a physical practice that opens us as human beings to a spiritual experience. Anyone of any religion can practice yoga and gain immense benefits. It is non-competitive and supportive, and everyone should be safe, comfortable and relaxed in class. Each person needs to find a pace that suits them, and that pace should be honoured. Try it!
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