Yoga Benefits – Improving your life skills
‘Snacking’ on yoga throughout the day assists in maintaining physical, mental and emotional equilibrium. Lainie at “One Family Yoga & Fitness” first described this process to me as a ‘YOGA SNACK’.
I love this term, ‘yoga snack’, because it expresses how you can bring yoga into your life in a practical way without feeling there is so little time. Less than 10 minutes is do-able. The idea of ‘Yoga Snack Packs’ is to inspire you to do short practises and achieve yoga benefits throughout the day/night. When you practise yoga it works. When life is busy incorporate ‘snacking on yoga’ by having a ‘tool kit’ full of various yoga snacks.
The type of ‘yoga snacks’ you can keep in your tool kit are: set your mobile phone to silent/aeroplane mode, close your eyes and consciously breath, repeat mentally, ‘I am breathing in, I am breathing out’; feel the breath as you do this; experience your body sensations; experience your emotional feelings; let go of all other thoughts and observe yourself.’ This breath meditation can be for 30 seconds, 40 seconds, one minute. By doing this you can centre yourself to stay focused for a the next period of time, until you need to do it again.
- Beginners Yoga
- Chair Yoga
- Yoga asana postures for the spine and nerve plexi, pranyama breathing and relaxation – 40 minutes
- Asana for core strength, moola bandha, pranayama & relaxation – 40 minutes
- Vinyasa sequence for the back, pelvis & digestive system – 40 minute class includes pranayama and relaxation
- Vinyasa sequence for the back, shoulders, pelvis & digestive system – 40 minute class, pranayama and relaxation
- Alternate nostril breathing
- 12 minute Yoga Nidra Relaxation Meditation lying down or sitting
- ‘Just Breathe’
- Purpose of yoga practice
- Understanding pain
- Pranayama Neurons
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“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” (Chinese Proverb)
Therefore, practise yoga, light your candle and experience the yoga benefits of inner peacefulness.
Yoga is a time tested process of working with the body, mind, and emotions to gain a sense of total wellbeing. There are various yoga branches; Rāja for the mind; Bhakti for the emotions; Jnāna for the intellect and Hatha for the body. The physical Hatha Yoga is most common in the west. This is often known by the name of the prominent style or teacher; Bihar Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga , Hot Yoga and the style list continues on. Therefore, it is essential to find the style that best suits your individual needs. Swāmi Mukti has a gentle approach to teaching yoga asana postures. During a general class you will practice various āsana postures, prānāyāma breathing, mudrā gestures, bandha muscle contractions and yoga nidra relaxation meditation.
“During the 10 years I lived at Bihar School of Yoga I had the opportunity for intensive yoga sādhanā practise. Now my sādhanā incorporates every minute of life, the sādhanā of life. As they say, I am ‘taking yoga off the mat’ to every moment I live and breath. I realise it is possible to bring yoga benefits into life. Bringing the experience gained through yoga into the mundane existence means I can be my authentic self, I can listen to my internal dialogue and say to mind, ‘this back seat driving is driving me to distraction. I am the driver of my car and this is what I intend to do.’ I know whatever I do is my choice and yoga practise has assisted me to listen to my own inner voice and trust it. And I know you can achieve this too.”
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