Yoga For Relaxation And Wellness
The use of the breath in Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and create mind/body health. Regular practise opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
The meditative aspects of Yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practise for other reasons say that this is the key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.
The Body Scan is a technique that helps cope with stress, anxiety and physical pain. It can help you get to know and become friends with your body by counting your breath – giving your mind something to focus on. It calms your nervous system having a positive effect on your mind and body.
We all breath, but we don’t breath well or as deeply as we should. On average, we utilise only 10% of our lung capacity. In yoga we use breathing techniques (pranayama) helping us to fully utilise the lungs.
This means as we inhale, we oxygenate the whole body more effectively, and as we exhale we remove more toxins from the body and mind. By deepening and lengthening our breathing, we also activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the mind and body.
Yoga stills the mind, by controlling the breath, focussing the gaze and being present in the moment. With this practise, the mind is calmed and the body is invigorated.
Yoga has been proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression, digestion, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, circulation, muscle fatigue, weight loss, diabetes, varicose veins, menopause, sciatica, postural misalignment – the list is extensive!
Most yoga classes start with a short relaxation to ease you into the session and end with at least a 5-10 relaxation! That’s the best bit of the class!