When I was 17 my dance teacher encouraged me to do yoga, as I was battling with selfhatred and depression; she told me I needed to work on my MIND! I really didn’t understand and didn’t have much idea about yoga. I went to my first class and I was hooked. I loved the way it made me feel and after a few years of practice, I started to really understand the MIND-BODY connection. After seven years of regular practice, I decided to study and become a yoga teacher, so I could pass on my love of yoga.
Yoga is the Sanskrit word that means ‘union’, the body and mind working as one. Yoga is a moving meditation. While working on stretching and strengthening your muscles, joints, bones and tendons, we are also detoxifying our internal organs while quietening our busy minds! We spend a lot of time pushing our bodies to the limit and criticising ourselves, when sometimes we have to slow down and work on our mind. Yoga is a fantastic way to connect the mind, body and spirit.
“Yoga can help you succeed with all aspects of your life - work, sport, study and your relationships with others.”
The ancient science of yoga has been practised for thousands of years in the East, bringing happiness, health and peace of mind to those who have studied it. The benefits of yoga have been welcomed by the West and widely developed as a fitness craze, but the benefits are not just physical. With regular practise of yoga, your quality of life improves on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Yoga can help you succeed with all aspects of your life - work, sport, study and your relationships with others. This is because with regular practice, your physical and mental wellbeing improve. Clarity within the mind and a greater capacity for concentration will emerge.
It is a fantastic active recovery class. I have NEVER had an injury over the past ten years of lifting heavy weights and I must say it really does help my body recover from my intense training!
The beauty of yoga is that the only piece of equipment you need is the ground you stand on; however, it is preferable to use a thin, rubber mat. Yoga is on timetables at most gyms these days and there are plenty of yoga schools around. Do your body, mind and spirit a favour and try some yoga!
“It is a fantastic active recovery class. I have NEVER had an injury over the past ten years of lifting heavy weights.”
Don’t think because you are not flexible and you find it difficult that it is not for you! Wrong. You need it more and practice makes perfect. I have a lot of people say to me after class, “Oh I’m terrible and not flexible enough for yoga”. I have to convince them to come back and try again and most people go a couple of months, even years and then one day they will come to me and say, “Wow, I think I finally get it”. Usually they say they finally forgot about everyone in the room and went within, focusing on their breath and quietening the mind.
There are heaps of different styles and teachers out there, so you have to go to a couple of different classes to find what suits you. But at the end of the day, all styles of yoga stem from the same tree. The philosophy of yoga holds onto the concept that the air we breathe is full of PRANA (life force). Prana is the energy which links the body with the soul and unites our body and mind with our higher self. This Prana gives us vitality to live a healthy, energy-filled life.
Correct breathing goes hand in hand with living our life to our fullest potential.
“Prana is the energy which links the body with the soul and unites our body and mind with our higher self”
Do your mind and body a favour and start with just 10 minutes per day of lying in the most important yoga pose, SAVASANA (corpse pose). Focus on your breath, clear your mind, relax your body and just BE in the moment! You are perfect, whole and complete. Remember, your mind is a muscle; you need to exercise it and you must treat it with kindness and respect! Remember, your body follows where your MIND goes.
Love, trust and honour yourself,
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