What is Yoga?
Yoga is unique and was developed about 5,000 years ago in India but was practiced in other civilizations perhaps thousands of year before.
It was a practice used within Ayurveda alternative medicine treatment, which uses herbs & spices in food preparation, therapeutic massage with specific oils according to your Dosha, yoga Asanas, as well as meditation and specific mantras or kriyas.
Each of us has a unique pattern of energy (our blue print) – a combination of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual characteristics (also known as karma) – which makes up our own constitution. This unique pattern is determined by our own individual karma. With this understanding, the body is treated as a whole knowing that all within us is connected and yoga postures is only one aspect of the practice.
The Yoga practice teaches one to become accountable for one's action, discipline and focus our mind, overcomes adversity, staying calm in challenging situation, have determination, surrender with a golden attitude.
Why practice yoga?
for many different reasons and most students who keep a yoga practice going is because it makes them feel really good and help them cope better with their own life.
Yoga can be practiced by all; stiff, limber, young, old, tall, short, skinny, overweight... Most of us start out quiet stiff and as time passes we acquire more flexibility and eventually find ourselves in poses, such as Padmasana (lotus pose) or Urdhva Dhanurasana (upward bow or wheel pose), which can be hard to imagine to attain in the beginning.
If you have never done yoga before it is best to learn directly with a yoga teacher in a group class or through private instruction.
Yoga was originally taught from Gurus to readied souls (students). Only few were given the opportunity to learn this ancient spiritual science, it was a hidden practice taught to men only, no women were allowed.
The science of yoga is not meant to be learned in books, from a DVD or on the net (unless you have years of experience with a teacher), but it is meant to be transferred via an experienced channel (teacher).
This is true for anything learned in life. If you look carefully you will see that anything you have learned thus far, you were introduce to by someone who was adept at his/her skill, you were somehow mentored into all that you do, your parents being first in tutoring and mentoring you.
Yoga will enhance your life like you never imagined.
Yoga is a wonderful practice for everyone. Applying simple set of Asanas (yoga postures) meant to reshape & tone your body, help your internal organs detoxify and stay healthy, clarifying your mind & attention bringing focus and stability in your life by awakening your higher self within, and a truer you.
Practicing yoga starts a sure process of transformation, becoming more “in touch” and “at peace” within yourself.
With so many wonderful benefits yoga is readily integrated in one's life and for a lot of practitioners moving them deeply, bringing out a dormant side of them to the surface inspiring them to live a more vibrant, healthier, joyful life.
It usually touches one in ways that are uncommon in our western civilization and opens new horizons for each of us. This is why yoga is so widely spread among all walks of life today.
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About Vinyasa Flow Yoga
During yoga class we practice the attitude of "placing with intention" to refine our yoga experience, pin-point our focus, thinking about what we are doing in class and about what the instructor is having us to dwell on during class. This practice will in term helps us let go of our negative thoughts, uplift our moods, and bring a natural self-surrender to spirit within.
Using yogic Ujjayi breath promotes:
The personal practice of yoga brings us discipline of mind, body, emotions, and helps us commune with our true essence inside and for spirit to elevate itself naturally.