What is Yoga?
Yoga is a practice that can help us (re)connect with ourselves. Practicing yoga can increase one's self-compassion as well as compassion for others.
Yoga is an ancient practice that combines techniques for breathing, self care, mind focus, and physical poses which can reduce stress, improve energy flow, and improve overall well-being. In Pantanjali's Yoga Sutra, he describes the eightfold path, called ashtanga, which means "eight limbs" (ashta = eight, anga = limb). These eight aspects are guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life:
1) Yamas (ethical standards)
1. Ahimsa (nonviolence)
2. Satya (truthfulness)
3. Asteya (nonstealing)
4. Brahmacharya (self restraint)
5. Aparigraha (non greed)
2) Niyamas (self-discipline)
1. Saucha (cleanliness)
2. Samtosa (contentment)
3. Tapas (heat; disciplined spiritual practice)
4. Svadhyaya (study of one's self)
5. Isvara pranidhana (surrender)
3) Asana (poses)
4) Pranayama (breathing techniques)
5) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
6) Dharana (focused concentration)
7) Dhyana (meditation)
8) Samadhi (bliss, enlightenment)
How Can Yoga Help Me?
The practice of yoga has been proven to help with mental clarity and calmness, body awareness, relieving chronic stress patterns, and improving attention and concentration.
Is Yoga for Me?
Yoga can benefit people of all abilities, shapes, and sizes. Asanas (poses) are only a fraction of what yoga practice is, however it is the element that is focused on in most Western classes. There are many Asanas and many variations of Asanas that benefit many different abilities and body types.
If you have questions about or are interested in trying yoga, please contact me.