” You must be calmly active and actively calm. Be intensely aware of everything you are doing. “
Yoga means union. It is an ancient practice that has been passed on throughout centuries as a way to connect with the self and experience realisation. It has gained a strong interest in the last decades with the development of the fast-paced modern life.
Nowadays yoga exists through various styles and techniques that can fit different needs. It is beneficial to anyone at any age. Asanas (physical poses) tonify and detoxify the body. Pranayama (breathing exercices) calms the mind. Meditation techniques encourages concentration. These are just some of the various methods that create inner harmony, which can then reflect in all the aspects of our life.
Yoga helps develop flexibility and strength, not only in the body but in the mind as well. It helps cultivate clarity, peace and energy. We are more in tune with our environment, the present moment, and we can deal serenely with the challenges of life.
You might need to explore a bit before finding the yoga style that best suits you. I teach vinyasa flow, which derives itself from Ashtanga Vinyasa. Both are based on the eight limbs of yoga. These physical types of yoga are aimed at purifying the body in order to take the mind into stillness and facilitate meditation.
Whichever yoga class you choose, remember that all styles have the same direction: experience a deeper sense of being and improve your life.