Yoga is a methodical pursuit which is tremendously supportive of the human condition. Our yoga practice consists of what we refer to as the five behavioural components of yoga. These, individually and collectively, facilitate what we consider to be the five life-enhancing benefits of yoga.
Follow your aptitude: develop gradually. Most of us begin by learning the physical exercises and breathing techniques embodied in what is traditionally called Hatha yoga. From thereon it’s mainly up to you how far you progress.
The important thing is to practise regularly and enjoy learning yoga. That’s the best yoga teacher you’re ever likely to meet!
Learn more about the five behavioural components and the five life-enhancing benefits of yoga…
a) Yoga exercises,
b) Skilled breathing techniques,
c) Relaxation and mindfulness,
d) Cognition and meditation,
e) Nutritious, ethical and balanced diet.
1) Physical fitness,
5) Emotional intelligence.
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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