The Benefits of Yoga are endless as is the journey. There is always more to know and experience. Once you have found for yourself how much better you feel from practicing Yoga, it is only natural to keep practicing.
All the joints and muscles of the body become both strong and flexible. We work by taking the joints through their full pain free range of movement. We are all the same but at the same time we are all different. Some people are hyper-flexible and therefore their joints are unstable and they need to work with strength. Others have short muscle ratio to bone length, and they need to work more with stretching the muscles. Muscles have a good ability to stretch but everyone will have their personal limit.
Through mental focus and concentration exercises, we can begin to understand how thoughts are always occupying the consciousness and can be powerfully in control of us. We can learn to control these thoughts and therefore use them as our tool to achieve transformation. Addiction, depression, confidence, desire, fear, etc., can be transformed through mental exercise.
Benefits of Deep Breathing
The breath is always with us. It changes moment by moment as we change moment by moment. It is intrinsically linked to how we feel. It is a wonderful thing that we can direct and change our breath. Learning to breath deeply detoxifies the cells. Calms the nervous system. Slows the heart rate. Energises the muscles. As we progress into Pranayama techniques we find the mind becomes clear. The world around us sparkles as we take in fully the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feel of all that surrounds us. It connects with life. Prana.
The stresses of modern civilisation are a strain on the nerves for which savasana is the best antidote. Iyengar.
The Stress Reduction Benefits
For so many people the stresses of busy lives can build and accumulate and the essential balance between stress and relaxation can be disrupted. Emotionally we can become tense, irritable, anxious or depressed. There are many stress related diseases which tend to be linked with the hormonal system. A general feeling of un-wellness may be frequent headaches, IBS, muscular aches and pains. Every Yoga session begins and ends with the activation of the relaxation response. We try as best we can to stay in this relaxed state throughout the practice. The benefits of this can be profound. On a physiological level the heart rate and respiration are reduced, and the metabolism is increased. On an emotional level we are able to let go of our troubles and feel a moment of softness, openness, and lightness. The body and mind have an chance to restore, rejuvenate, re-balance, and de-stress. This can often be the main reason for people attending their class. Yoga is unlike any other form of physical exercise and there are few other formal ways of achieving this state.