It is a common misconception that yoga requires people to twist themselves into pretzels and stand on their heads. Whilst complicated postures (asanas) may be part of yoga practice for some students, they are by no means required. Not only do you not have to be flexible to practice yoga, you also don’t need to be young, fit or even ambulatory. In fact, the only requirement for practicing yoga is the ability to breathe.
Restore & More Yoga specialise in creating practices for people who are interested in the healing potential of yoga and will work with you to develop your own personal practice, at an appropriate level and pace.
Yoga For Unity and Balance
The ancient discipline of yoga originated in India. The word “yoga” means “to yoke” or “unite”. At a basic level, yoga helps unite body and mind. At a deeper level, yoga seeks to unite the individual with the universal. Yoga teaches you how to relax and release tension, as well as helping to strengthen weak muscles and stretch tight ones.
It also helps balance and integrate mind, body and spirit, to enhance energy flow and stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes. As a powerful form of mind-body medicine, yoga approaches health in a holistic manner, recognising that physical ailments also have emotional and spiritual components. At its heart, yoga is a comprehensive system for self-development and transformation.
Yoga Practice In The West
In Western cultures, the word “yoga” is often used to mean “posture,” and people think of “doing yoga” as “performing yoga poses.” Postures are just one component of the yoga tool kit, which also includes breathing practices, meditation and principles such as non-harming, truthfulness and contentment.
In yoga it’s not just what you do that matters, but also how you do it. Embracing the yogic principles as you practice is generally a very different experience than moving with the typical Western, competitive, striving mentality. Yoga asks us to take each pose to the point of challenge, but not strain, with awareness of all the sensations that are present, and with honesty and self-compassion.
Learning the yogic approach of compassionate self-awareness on the mat frequently translates into using this mindful, kind approach when handling challenges in daily life. This often results in numerous health benefits that extend far beyond increased flexibility and enhanced balance.
Your Health Is Your True Wealth
Yoga is powerful medicine, and it’s most potent when taken regularly, over time. Establishing a regular yoga practice will help you find the healthy alignment of your body, the peaceful potential of your mind, and the joyous nature of your spirit. Breath by breath, moment by moment, you can move with compassion and diligence in the direction of health.