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Elements and Benefits of yoga
Plus: about values
The purpose of yoga is to enable your complete fitness, health, and wellbeing
It’s a code of practice for life..!
Nobody will ever have to tell you why yoga is good for you. You’ll know by doing it. Here we explore what yoga consists of and the gains it brings to your life.
Yoga consists of three elements;
Regular yoga promotes, safeguards and prolongs integral health.
What constitutes “Health”..?
Our definition of health is from the Encyclopedia Britannica, which embraces the broad sweep of yoga.
“Health is the extent of a person’s
- mental and
- social ability
to cope with his or her environment”.
Yoga presses all those buttons. You just have to do it.
The wit and humour of yoga
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
Delve Deeper: Reach Higher: That’s Yoga..!
Learn about the elements and benefits of yoga in more detail
The Elements of Yoga
Yoga is “Skill in Action”
The term “Skill in Action” comes from the Bhagavad Gita. As in any skill: learning yoga requires motivation and determination.
Yoga in action…
Exercise: Seven Groups of posture
Yoga exercises the body through the practice of postures called Asana. There are seven groups:
- Hip openers
- Forward bends
Postures can be practised individually or in sequences, called Vinyasa. We teach both. Paying particular attention to detail, technique, and alignment.
Breath is the pulse of life. Developing your use of breath lies at the heart of yoga. Yoga synchronises exercise with breathing to strengthen your heart, lungs and diaphragm. It improves the flow of energy into your body. Mentally, it develops your ability to respond resiliently to adversity.
There are two types of yoga breathing:
Integrated breathing is the conscious use of your breath to synchronise your body and mind while exercising or relaxing.
We place emphasis on this because it significantly improves your practice and other aspects of life. For example: managing stress or refining your performance in sport.
Controlled breathing, called Pranayama, is as old as yoga itself. It consists of breathing techniques which invigorate and cleanse. We teach the simpler forms. Those that can be taught in a regular yoga class.
Meditation, called Dhyana, develops and expands “awareness”. It requires sustained stillness.
Physically, meditation relaxes the body and regulates the chemical balance in the brain. Mentally, it adds perspective and brings a sense of purpose.
Meditation can be a conundrum: There’s a lot of unnecessary mystique, which is regrettable because essentially it is a simple process of focus and detachment.
However, we know that for many, if not most people meditation is not simple to do because the mind is mercurial. As such, it requires practise, perseverance and support.
A wry observation
Take yoga seriously: but not too seriously. It’s far too important for that!
Laughter is brilliant yoga. Even if the humour, or the teacher is a bit droll. It puts us in the present moment. You’ll feel better for it: and what a great way to practise yoga. Expect to find some serious laughter when you learn yoga with us.
You know you’re getting good at yoga when you can stay still in a demanding posture with an interconnected body, breath and mind.
Because yoga teaches you how to manage both your mind and body – not they you!
Our members “Points of View”
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is your best friend
It fortifies your physical, emotional, mental, and social ability to cope with your environment – in a way which no other pursuit can replicate.
Yoga develops the five components of physical fitness; namely
1. Cardio-respiratory endurance
The capacity of your lungs, heart and arteries to distribute energy through the body.
2. Muscle strength
The power and quality of muscle fibre proportionate to your body size and actual physical needs.
3. Muscle endurance
Numerous yoga positions require you to sustain a demanding stance for a prolonged length of time.
Many people think you have to be able to touch your toes. The opposite is nearer the truth! Yoga develops flexibility: it’s not a precursor!
5. Body composition
Yoga excels at reducing fat – it’s brilliant for digestion and inner health.
Physical Health and Wellness
The habit of yoga encourages a healthier lifestyle. To pay attention to, for example, the quality of your diet. Cooking your own food; eating smaller quantities and better cuts of meat; consuming more fruit and vegetables.
On its own, however, yoga has it limitations. You need to cultivate a diversity of activities to remain in good physical and mental condition.
Walking, swimming, cycling, reading, are complementary to yoga and assimilate similar benefits. The important caveat is that they get you outside and keep your mind and body active.
That’s the secret: and it’s good yoga!
Emotional and Mental Health: Social Ability
Yoga makes you feel good about yourself and life in general. The physical practice of yoga goes deep. It works inside and out, all of which benefits your mental health. Because the body and mind are connected.
The breath of yoga integrates and builds your ability to relax and reason things out rather than responding too angrily towards, or evading a difficult situation.
Meditation is excellent at creating an open mindset, for seeing things objectively and improving emotional intelligence. Namely, how we perceive and respond to events, and whether that behaviour is appropriate to the circumstances.
Socially: yoga builds self-confidence and acuity. The postures develop your physical stature, and make you carry yourself with gravitas. Breathing and meditation develop composure and perception.
All of which, combined with increased emotional intelligence, matter enormously in social relationships.
Yoga helps you to know who you are – and be who you are! To become a healthier and happier person. It brings a sense of purpose to life and enhances your ability.
The gains are exponential:
The Philosophy of Yoga
How we integrate ancient and modern
Our yoga is for everybody – and their mind
We integrate authentic yoga with a modern approach while remaining true to its values.
Yoga is not a religion
Some ancient spiritual or religious texts refer to yoga. It is being discussed as an abstract concept: not a belief.
We outlaw mystique and anything which damages yoga’s integrity, or causes harm.
Diversity: and a bit about God
We respect diversity and your right to hold any belief or non-belief. Yoga, as we teach it, will not compromise your faith, or non-faith.
The ancient tenet of yoga, to believe in a universal, munificent being, a God, is not something we espouse. That said: there is so much we don’t know we prefer to remain open minded.
Ancient and modern yoga overlap in meditation, which was originally conceived as a way of settling the mind. To free its protagonists (and their soul) from worldly or material concerns.
Today we use it not so much for the soul but to instill calm and protect us from the harmful machinations of our negative emotions: fear, anger, sorrow, guilt, hurt, jealousy, et al.
Not so different really!
These are the club’s values: walking the walk: not talking the talk.
Putting Skill into Action: for example
Do the right thing for the right reasons
Live in the here and now
Build direction and purpose
Think of others
Protect your environment
And if that’s too much: cap them all with this…
Do your best:
Hope for the best:
Let yoga do the rest..!