Yoga & Meditation
- Strengthen and tone your body
- Melt stress and anxiety away
- Relief from aches and pains
- Play, explore and relax with inspiring classes
Transform your body and mind
Yoga was originally developed for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual enhancement.
Today you can use it for any of those reasons. Plus giving the gift of mindfulness, you can work towards physical, mental and spiritual growth in a fun, inviting and relaxed community setting.
The difference between yoga and meditation
While the words ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ are often used interchangeably, they are actually very different. Yoga literally translates as “to yoke or unite”. Yoga asana postures, pranayama breathing and yoga nidra relaxation meditation are the stepping stones enabling connection to your inner power. These are all processes towards deeper meditation, which arouses the inner sense of who you are innately and a harmonious feeling of wholeness.
Meditation involves no physical exercise or movements. Rather, you sit or lie down for a period of time and focus on guided instructions until you are able to practise yourself. It is considered an important part of yoga, and is often performed after the asana postures and pranayama breathing.
At Mukti Freedom Yoga each class consists of asana, pranayama and yoga nidra relaxation meditation. Depending on the level of practice of the students attending the class you may also practise mudra and bandha. Classes commence with a brief chanting meditation and you are free to listen or join in.
A yoga and meditation class is the stepping stone to a range of benefits including:
✓ Keep your mind sharp and clear
✓ Improve heart health
✓ Regulate digestion
✓ Manage and decrease stress
✓ Improve focus and concentration
Yoga is moving meditation
Practising yoga before mediation is an effective way to prepare your body and mind to de-stress and stabilise the various physical and energetic systems.
Yoga and meditation are related
Regularly practising different asana postures and pranayama breathing is the perfect way to prepare your body and mind for the stillness of meditation.
The practice of yoga has undergone changes in the West in recent times and is often only presented as a physical practice of asana postures primarily for the body.
Meditation and yoga and interlinked working together to unite the intelligence of your physical body with your innate self. One can’t exist without the other and yoga increases your awareness of both bringing them into alignment.
Easy to do yoga practices are the most beneficial. Here at Mukti Freedom Yoga you will be learning practices to gain flexibility and strengthen the body systems at your own capacity. Classes are open to young and old, men and women. It is a slow gentle style of yoga and not at all athletic.
The shared benefits of yoga and meditation include:
- Better stress management
- Improved flexibility
- Better sleep quality
- Improved digestion
- Migraine reduction
- Mental clarity
- Asthma relief
- Stress relief
- Rheumatoid Arthritis relief
- Mood boosting
Combining yoga and meditation classes
Yoga becomes meditation – meditation is an aspect of yoga that deals with mental relaxation and focus, they are part and parcel of each other and bring additional benefits when practised together.
According to Patanjali, who codified yoga 2nd century BCE, transcendence known as samadhi was the ultimate state of yoga. First you establish your asana and settle your breath through pranayama breathing, from this ensues gradual awareness of the impact of the senses on the mind. You then learn to detach from sensory input, mental impressions and egoic reactions, gradually leading to states of mental focus culminating in transcendence.
Though today transcendence may not be your intention for attending a class, it does intimate you too can learn to transcend your personal physical, mental and emotional limitations.
Yoga classes here at Mukti Freedom Yoga can assist you free yourself of physical and mental tension, make your body and mind stronger and improve your endurance.Enjoy Free Yoga Resources
Yoga & Meditation are for the mind and body
Mediation and yoga are used to relieve physical, mental and emotional stress and to help you be better able to manage the stressors. The stresses of life will always exist, how you cope with these is your choice. Yoga and meditation open your awareness to other choices you may not have yet perceived.
If you are interested in starting a yoga program that unites your breathing, body and mind, this style of yoga can be suitable for you. If you are looking for an effective way to relieve stress, relax and explore your inner self, this style of yoga may suit your needs. Mukti Freedom offers combined yoga and meditation classes, so you’ll enjoy all the health benefits on offer across both these ancient disciplines.
Benefits of yoga and meditation class
For thousands of years, yoga and meditation have been used as an alternative form of exercise to keep your mind, body and spirit happy and healthy. Regular yoga sessions improve your balance, flexibility, strength and endurance, while meditation keeps your mind active, reduces stress and anxiety and strengthens your immune system.
Yoga can help with…
✔ Treating back pain
Stretching exercise, coupled with certain asana, or poses, can treat chronic back pain by improving spinal flexibility and improving spinal alignment.
✔ Eases rheumatoid arthritis
Using blocks, belts and other positioning props, Iyengar yoga has been shown to significantly calm rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Hot yoga varieties, such as gentle yoga and Bikram yoga is also helpful, due to its slow, gentle poses.
✔ Eases asthma symptoms
If you suffer asthma, yoga is the perfect workout for you. Pranayama yoga focuses on breathing techniques, which helps you to manage symptoms more effectively.
Meditation can help with…
✔ Improving sleep
If you have trouble falling asleep or suffer from insomnia, yoga may dramatically improve the quality of your sleep. Practising meditation and breathing clears your mind and slows down your thought process, giving you the peace of mind to sleep well.
✔ Boosting your mood
Meditating is a quick mood booster. It improves your cognitive-behavioural performance, along with helping you effectively manage mood swings, menopause, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression.
✔ Improving mental clarity
Taking the time out to meditate keeps your mind active and clear. Simple breathing techniques help to organise your mind, keeping it free of clutter. Slow breathing also improves your memory, organises your thoughts, and rids you of stress and negative thinking.
Classes we hold
At Mukti Freedom Yoga, we host a variety of classes to choose from:-
Introductory private classes
We understand that if you have never tried yoga, it can seem quite intimidating. We help you to ease into the ancient practice with relaxing private sessions. In a relaxing, one-on-one environment, you will: learn the basics of yoga, discover your capacity to practice these techniques (while taking your health into account) and learn practical tools to cope with the challenges of daily life.
Regular yoga classes
By attending our yoga classes on a regular basis, you will gain mental and emotional balance as you learn – traditional yoga poses, breathing techniques and to relax your body and mind through peaceful meditation practices.
In an inclusive group setting, you will practice:
– Asana postures to suit your abilities
– Pranayama breathing techniques
– Bandha muscle contractions
– Mudra body gestures
– Trataka candle flame gazing
– Yoga nidra relaxation meditation
Are you struggling to fit yoga into your busy schedule? If so, individual sessions are the perfect solution. Private consultations help you understand how to approach difficult situations with yoga psycho-management, along with Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.
You will discover your inner driving forces which motivate your chakra energy centres. We help you understand that the inability to address your needs negatively impacts your thinking, acting, emotions and feelings (physiology). We will give you the tools to express yourself constructively.
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Choosing the right class for your needs
All teachers at Mukti Freedom Yoga aspire to give you a balanced class that includes asana, pranayama and meditation.
However, if you are looking for an aerobic form of physical asana class, these classes are unsuitable for you.
As yoga and meditation are personal journeys, it is essential to put yourself in experienced hands.
The fundamental qualities of yoga teachers at Mukti Freedom Yoga are:-
A sign of a great yoga teacher is a true passion for what they do. This shows in their excitement for yoga and their joy in seeing their students grow and progress.
Patience and dedication
Good yoga teachers are 100% committed to their craft, and it shows in their personable teaching style. They guide students through different poses with patience and understanding, and want nothing more than to see them succeed.
The desire to empower others
The genuine desire empower students is another thing setting good teachers apart from the rest. They understand that yoga is about more than mastering poses – it’s about gaining self-worth and inner peace.
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“At first, I was a little apprehensive, because I’d never really practised yoga or meditation before. But Swami Mukti made me feel so comfortable and at ease. After my first class I was absolutely hooked! Now I’m attending yoga and meditation classes each week and I’m feeling so much healthier and happier.”
– Lily P
“I’d always heard great things about yoga and meditation, but I’d never joined a class. I’m so happy I did! Swami Mukti helped me discover physical, mental and emotional strength I never knew I had. And through meditation exercises I’m feeling so at peace with myself. I only wish I’d started classes earlier.”
– Joy H
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