Unlike most other forms of physical activity yoga comes from a place of non-exertion, and shouldn’t take the form of harsh, vigorous activity. The appealing part is that the practice is done in silence which helps the mind stop internal chatter and concentrate on union – the ego gets squashed pretty quickly.
Yoga involves internal mastery and external mastery – the mind is the primary muscle being worked, your ability to concentrate and focus is the foundation of your practice
The goal is to find union with mind, body and soul.
My key takeaways from my yoga journey:
To fully embody the true benefits of yoga you must practice at least 2-3 times a week over an extended period.
It is called a practice for a reason, you will only master the postures once you have put in the hours.
You will immediately notice the physical benefits proceeding your first few classes, your body will be limbered, rejuvenated and energised.
Muscles will be stretched that haven’t been stretched before this will give an immediate improvement to your overall well-being.
Connection of mind and body
The underlying goal is connection of mind and body, this done through the high level of concentration and focus that goes into each pose.
Observing the way your body feels as you manoeuvre between poses enables you to get out of your own head and into your body.
This is the essential element to achieving the mind body connection and will be the catalyst to truly mastering your practice.
Breath control throughout the class is the key ingredient to getting the most out of each posture.
Controlling the breath is essential component for your practice no matter what level you are at – this is where you will start to see the amazing cleansing affect the breath can have on your state of mind.
Yoga can be classified as a form of meditation as it involves placing thought on breath.
Regardless if you have any prior experience with meditation yoga is a fantastic way to access the benefits of this mindfulness practice.
As your practice improves so will your meditation competency resulting in greater control of your thoughts and emotions outside of the studio.
Strengthening of the spine provides so many benefits to your body and your internal organs.
If the spine is healthy the nervous system will be healthier, many of the poses involve twisting and bending of the spine which detoxifies your internal organs leaving you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed post class.
Yoga is a fantastic addition to compliment any functional fitness program you have, the primary goal is training of the mind, and the physical benefits are secondary so it should not be used as standalone form of exercise.
Yoga has given me profound benefits outside of the studio; I have noticed a significant reduction in the rate of negative thoughts throughout my day and exponential improvement in my overall well-being.
I highly encourage you to give it a try.