why yoga?


Yoga is holistic and promotes a balanced and grounded approach to life

We are born with a body and a mind.   Yoga recognises they are inextricably linked, the one affecting the other.  Yoga is holistic, impacting the whole of your being – body, mind and spirit – and often brings positive benefits to overall health and wellbeing.  The principle of doing no harm (ahimsa) is central to yoga, which is how yoga can be for everyone.    Therapeutic yoga is tailored to suit your requirements, so you work only within your own limits.  Yoga increases self-awareness, encourages you to listen to your body, calm your mind and let go of physical and mental tension.  In this way, yoga can be for everyone.

Most of us have busy lives and face daily challenges, often with stress and anxiety never far away, so self-care is important for your health and wellbeing.  Stress is a negative factor, so managing it is vital for a balanced and grounded approach to life.  Yoga can help you with your self-care as it supports the whole of you – body, mind and spirit.  Increased self-awareness can open up new possibilities.  Yoga therapy offers a holistic, practical and balanced approach to wellbeing and in the management of a wide range of health issues.

Here are some of therapeutic benefits of yoga

We are all individual and our experiences will differ, but some of the likely benefits of yoga can include:

  • Gentle and mindful postures allow the body to stretch and move in ways appropriate for you.
  • Muscles and joints are exercised, supporting better movement.
  • Postures, combined with the breath, stimulate the function of organs, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems and support the immune system.
  • As you move and breathe, you learn to connect more fully with your body and how it feels.
  • Improved sleep and energy levels.

Yoga teaches breathing practices to support physical, mental and emotional health:

  • Changing your breathing can relax your body, calm your mind and foster inner peace, calm and stillness.
  • Learning how to be present and grounded helps you find ways to better manage or release negative thoughts and emotions and difficult situations in your life.
  • Improved concentration, clarity and focus.
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence.

Transformation:

  • Increasing self-awareness can enable you to take back control of how you react to other people and situations in your life.  Managing difficult situations can help improve the quality of life if you are more able to deal with any problems from a growing place of balance and harmony.
  • Yoga can transform lives.   Start by taking some time to come into your body fully, focus on your breath, calm your mind and re-connect with your inner life.   Listen to your body and just be.  Let go of negative thinking and embrace the positive and change unwanted thoughts and behaviours.
  • Re-connecting with your inner life can provide intuitive insights you may be seeking.