What Is Yoga?
Yogai At Hot Yoganic
Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular, if not the most popular, workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home or in a classroom. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Once you get into Yoga though, you learn that it is so much more than just a way to workout and keep in shape.
It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into yoga for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings a long with it.
Yoga can do a lot for the human body, although it won’t cure every ailment. Yoga can be worked into virtually any lifestyle or schedule. Yoga has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Improved Body Alignment (reduces joint pain)
Mental Benefits of Yoga
Typical Class Routine
Breathing Exercises to get the body relaxed and focused
Workout yoga positions
Relaxation Cool-down period
A practice of conscious deep rest.
The body is supported by the props in the correct alignment allowing the universal energy to flow to offer the body, mind and soul healing on a cellular, immune and energetic level. Safely guided to ensure deep rest and to return with vitality.
Find harmony within the body: Regulates health, fertility, Growth, Repair, Elimination.
Guiding through the 3 stages of relaxation.
*Physical relaxation – Heart rate slows down, Breathing slows and calms, Muscle relaxation.
*Pratyahara – Response to sensory activity reduced to nil- Non active state.
*Ashunya – Beyond self-awareness.
Working With The 5 Kosha
AnnaMaya Kosha Earth element = Physical body
Prana Maya Kosha Water element = Energy/Breath body
Mano Maya Kosha Fire element = Emotional body
Vijna Maya Kosha Air element = Mental body
Ananda Maya Kosha Space element = Bliss body
The Session Includes:
Asana – Limbering of the spine
Pranayama – Clearing the energy system to allow the universal energy to flow
Restorative practice – Bespoke postures chosen for your individual needs
Meditation – Guided towards your true-self to balance the mind, body and soul
Option to include Reiki healing during the practice to release any blockages within the energy system, [chakras]
Mindfulness is the process by which momentary engagement is developed. It’s not a technique to bestow rapture or bliss, but rather a method of discovering peace. Our six sense doors (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and thought) are the means by which we experience the world. The first five senses are merely the methods by which the brain receives data. It is the mind, however, that evaluates and tosses the tinted lenses over the experience, labeling it.
Mindfulness is the constant focusing and refocusing—moment to moment to moment—on the object of our awareness. If listening, we focus on listening; if putting on shoes, we focus on putting on our shoes. This means directing full awareness upon the object of attention: the feeling of the sock on the foot, the sound made sliding the foot into the shoe, the pliancy of the fabric, the sensation of the toe slipping along the bottom.
Momentary engagement is not a misnomer. Science has taught us that all objects in the universe are bundles of energy vibrating at varying frequencies. Nothing is static. From moment to moment to moment, everything in our world is changing. Mindfulness swings open the gate of focused awareness, supporting our engagement. It helps us to be more detailed employees, better friends, and more attentive parents.
Developing this skill weaves a translucent thread of lucidity throughout the fabric of our existence. But most importantly, it allows the fullest expression of ourselves and authentic aspects of our being that we haven’t connected with in a very long time.
The steps for developing mindfulness are deceptively simple. Execution, however, does not come without its complications. The challenge lies within the realm of our thoughts, the single biggest distraction from our absorption in the present moment. We are instead pulled into reflections of the past, dreams of the future, and what this means to our present moment experience.
The process can be misleading, as it is not the silencing of our thoughts that opens the door to engagement. It is momentary engagement that is the key to silencing our thoughts. By focusing intently upon the task at hand, discursive thinking cannot populate the quiet space of our mind. Judgment ceases. And then, for the moment, we can just be.
Mindfulness is not a permanent state of awareness. It is an ongoing process that deepens the richness of our experience without the obscuring thoughts of good, bad, right, and wrong to cloud our clarity. It is a skill that can be practiced every second of every day—and just like meditation, cannot be developed simply by reading about it.
Imagine you are a bird. Perched in a tree, peering through your bird-eyes at the world. You have no cultural identification, no thought of your past nor inclination to plan your future. The vast landscape requires no labels. Tall branches provide comfort and shelter. Nature provides nourishment. There is no good or bad, only sensations. Sunlight, wind, rain, snow—terrestrial elements unfolding naturally without judgment.
Your bird-self maintains no sense of possession over the little bitty birds that have long since fled the nest, or ownership of the tree in which you’re perched. Upon hearing a melodic trail of twitterings from the neighboring branch, a fluttering joy rises from the base of your being bubbling up inside you. Unable to contain yourself for even a moment longer, your wings expand. Feeling the soft breeze moving against them, slowly you lean in, diving into the warm current.
Have you ever touched the moment, deliberately opening the mind’s eye to fully penetrate your experience of the present? Would you like to try?
Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Upon opening your eyes, slowly scan the room, taking in as many details as you can. Notice colors, textures, shapes and sounds. No need to label them. Simply notice. Now, when you are done, look at your hand; extend your index finger and touch the tip of your nose.
Five, six, seven minutes later…
This is mindfulness.