Are you interested in trying out a Yoga class? Did you make a New Years resolution to get healthier in 2017. If yoga is on your bucket list let me demystify a few things for you.
Your age is no barrier, the age of my clients ranges from 15 to 101. Your level of fitness, flexibility, balance and strength is irrelevant, there is a class suitable for you. Yoga will compliment other sporting and fitness modalities. Yoga is not a religion or gender specific. There is no particular body shape required, no special language has to be learnt, you don’t have to chant, burn incense, eat mung beans or have to be born under a relevant star sign. If you want to deepen your knowledge beyond asana (exercise) you will be given that opportunity but it won’t be forced. There is no special yoga clothing or shoes, practice is done in bare feet.
What you do need is a desire to improve your wellness through structured movement and intelligent movement (Yoga) the formula is simple, move your body, focus your mind and tune into your breath.
Over the past two weeks we’ve been practicing a pranayama method, Nadi Shodhana. Prana means life force or vital energy and Ayama means control. Pranayama means “control of the breath” Nadhi Shodhana means “Alternate nostril breathing”.
The method is quite simple to practice. I won’t go into the “how” we’ve already had a practical application in class but I will explain a bit more about the benefits.
Alternate nostril breathing is balancing, it synchronises the hemispheres of the brain and clears blocked energy. De-stressing, calming and releases accumulated mind tension and fatigue. This method lowers the heart rate and it’s calming affect makes it a great pre-sleep technique and stress management tool.
Best to be practiced at the start of class or pre-savasana.
Important to end on the left nostril.
Santosa (contentment) defined in the 8 limbs of yoga of Patanjali. This niyama seems to have a great deal of significance of late. Let’s face it yoga is all about getting over yourself. Be realistic there are certain poses you may never master, there are certain higher states of mind you will never achieve. Physical, mental and emotional restraints can and will hold you back. Don’t give up but be realistic, remember it’s about the journey not the destination. The selfie era has placed a hole lot of pressure on yogis to “perform” don’t get caught up the “kardashianisation” of yoga. It’s a philosophy of non ego and non competition. I teach yoga to people who can perform asana to perfection but they tell me they would do anything to have quiet mind. I teach classes to people with limited mobility but have great focus, all they want to do is to move with freedom. Please challenge yourself, strive to improve but be content.
No gimmicks @ peninsula Yoga just authentic hatha yoga without the wank factor.