Yoga nourishes your body, mind and self. It’s a potent combination of exercise and mindfulness. Nobody will have to tell you why yoga’s good for you – you can feel it.
Provided you practise regularly and are taught properly, yoga will develop, sustain and prolong your:
1) Physical fitness and wellness,
2) Mental health and wellbeing, and
3) Self-realisation and life-purpose.
Here is a more detailed explanation…
Physical fitness is your ability to carry out tasks without undue fatigue. The components of physical fitness are:
a) cardio-respiratory endurance,
b) muscle strength,
c) muscle endurance,
d) flexibility, and
e) body composition.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
The fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one’s character or personality.
The motivational aim of a one’s life. It guides life decisions, influences behaviour, sets goals, direction and meaning. It is personal to the individual and evolves in response to one’s changing needs or experience.
Said in jest but with a degree of insight! Philosophically, when one delves into what some of our greatest artists, writers, comedians, politicians, books, and thinkers have espoused: Gandhi, Jesus, the Buddha, the Beatles, Beethoven, the Bhagavad Gita, you discern yogic thinking in them all. Not a religion but a proven philosophy, methodology and physical practice for the good of all humanity.
A state of yoga often comes to us when we perhaps unwittingly surrender to something outside ourselves. Playing a musical instrument, a beautiful walk, reflecting upon a painting or sculpture, reading an absorbing book, listening to music. These are all ways of experiencing yoga and attaining similar benefits. We just need to stop and look around us to know it’s there.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ — a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest— a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82”
“I started yoga with Johnston in January 2015. Having tried various exercise classes over the years with other teachers and never attended for longer than 12 weeks, I didn’t expect this to be any different. However, I was wrong! A year later I am still attending regularly and I can honestly say that my fitness and flexibility have improved enormously. Johnston’s yoga classes are very enjoyable, even when we’re working hard!” – Jo Adams
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