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Yoga was such an amazing journey for me. I begun practicing in 2007 with an amazing teacher who really opened my eyes to this new experience. I left Yoga behind for a couple of years though, as i was so uncomfortable with my body, i struggled to make the right connections (mainly due to my eating disorders and food addictions) but i found this beautiful practice again 4 years ago and this is when the full experience begun, with daily practice, lifestyle changes and also my vegan diet. I qualified from one of the best Yoga Schools in the world; Aditya Yoga School in April 2015, and i have been teaching ever since. This yoga course is popular but not about trends, but when your teacher lives the yogini lifestyle and has been for over 27 years, you know you have the real deal!
In February 2016, i completed yet another amazing course in Pre and Post Natal Yoga with one of the most amazing Yoga teachers in the world, Skip Oliver at WhYoga. Her teachings were very holistic and implemented not only yoga during pregnancy, but lifestyle and even details about delivering the baby in the most natural and healthiest way. Skip has been teaching for 17 years and is a Senior teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.
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FIND YOUR OM
Yoga has become such a powerful practice in the Western world and has been growing steadily for the past decade or so.
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to blend” the spirit and physical body together. Another word commonly used for yoga is “unity”.
Creating unity between the body and the soul is what creates flow and balance; something we are in desperate need of in today’s fast paced environment and stressful lifestyle.
There are four paths that make up yoga, as a wholesome system. Those systems are called: Raja (mind), Bhakti (devotion), Karma (action) and Jnana (knowledge) yoga.
In Western civilization, the predominent Yoga path is Raja Yoga. Of the Raja practice, we mainly focus on the Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and, for the most advanced, Dhyana (meditation).
Even by simply capturing a few of the many elements of yoga, we can reach a highten state of consciousness and calmness which can enhance our health more than any medicine can, together with the a healthy lifestyle, made of wholesome foods and nutrition.
Discover the benefits of yoga
1. Improves both your physical and mental flexibility
Flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. No matter where your start point is, if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That’s no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture and yoga can help fix that
2. Builds muscle strength
Strong muscles are the protection system for our system, more so when flexible and supple. When we build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.
3. Perfects your posture
Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine. Yoga helps correcting your posture, preventing pain and long term spinal issues.
4. Betters your bone health
It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, like downward and upward facing dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertebrae.
5. Improves circulation
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inverted poses, such as Headstand, Handstands and Shoulder stand, encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. This can help if you have swelling in your legs from heart or kidney problems.
6. Promotes natural lymph drainage
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells). This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.
7. Regulates your adrenal glands
Yoga lowers cortisol levels. Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function. If your cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can compromise the immune system and deplete your adrenal glands, causing exhaustion. Chronically high levels undermine memory and may lead to permanent changes in the brain. Additionally, excessive cortisol has been linked with major depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance; all can cause cardio-vascular diseases.
8. Helps you sleep deeper
Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Restorative asana, Yoga Nidra, Savasana, Pranayama, and Meditation encourage relaxation to the nervous system. Another by-product of a regular yoga practice, studies suggest, is better sleep—which means you’ll be less tired and stressed and less likely to have accidents.
9. Prevents IBS and other digestive problems
Ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation—all of these can be exacerbated by stress. So if you stress less, you’ll suffer less. Yoga, like any physical exercise, can ease constipation—and theoretically lower the risk of colon cancer—because moving the body facilitates more rapid transport of food and waste products through the bowels.
10. Builds awareness for transformation
Yoga and meditation build awareness. And the more aware you are, the easier it is to break free of destructive emotions like anger. Studies suggest that chronic anger and hostility are as strongly linked to heart attacks as are smoking, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. Yoga appears to reduce anger by increasing feelings of compassion and interconnection and by calming the nervous system and the mind. It also increases your ability to step back from the drama of your own life, to remain steady in the face of bad news or unsettling events. You can still react quickly when you need to—and there’s evidence that yoga speeds reaction time—but you can take that split second to choose a more thoughtful approach, reducing suffering for yourself and others.
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