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The Benefits of Yoga

Those who practice Yoga are already aware of, and value, the benefits that they feel and experience daily.

Apart from feeling healthier, happier and more resourceful, the benefits of Yoga exercises include:
• Improved posture, flexibility and strength
• Enhanced feeling of well-being
• Better quality sleep
• Reduction of anxiety, depression and pain
• It invigorates the glandular systems
• Increased energy levels through the release of tension
• Increased circulation in the central nervous system so that the nerves are ensured the supply of nutrients and oxygen
• Stretch and tone muscles and joints
• Improved efficiency of lungs and cardio-vascular system, reducing  heart disease and high blood pressure
• Improved concentration
• Calms the sympathetic nervous system
• Releases endorphins (feel good hormones)
• Boosts the immune system
• Reduces headaches
• Reduces digestion problems

So why not give Yoga a go!

To book a place in a Yoga class or for further information, please contact Tamara.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a system of philosophy that originated in India reportedly about 5,000 years ago. The word Yoga means 'to join' or 'yoke together'. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. In the West, the most widely taught form of Yoga is Hatha Yoga.The whole system of Hatha Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation.

Breathing techniques are based on the concept that the breath is the source of life in the body and signifies your vital energy. By increasing breath control we improve the health and function of both body and mind; it calms the emotions, quietens the mind and with the increase of oxygen, nourishes all the cells of the body.

Relaxation and meditation practice increases mental alertness and encourages a positive and peaceful frame of mind, releasing tension from both the mind and body thereby increasing its efficiency and total health.

The body is looked upon as the primary instrument that enables us to work and evolve in the world, and so it should be treated with great care and respect. Regular daily practice of all three parts of this structure of Yoga produce a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body.

Whether you are drawn to Yoga for health and fitness reasons, seeking relief for a specific physical condition, help with stress management, or would like pregnancy yoga classes or exercises suitable for the less able-bodied, there are benefits to be gained. Yoga can be practiced by almost everyone, regardless of age, sex or ability.

© Tamara Bowler