Frequently Asked Questions...
Yoga can improve:
- Strength and stamina
- Concentration and creativity
- Balance and reflexes
- Mental well-being
- Self-esteem and self-awareness
In addition research has shown that yoga is useful in managing certain health conditions such as:
- Anxiety / Depression
- Back pain
- High blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
Is Yoga a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion but, at its core it is an ancient spiritual practice that has been known to lead to healing and self-discovery by fostering a feeling of connection with something greater than the individual self, a connection with an infinite creative "life-force" that some might refer to as God.
The spiritual origins of yoga can be found in the literal translation of its sanskrit root. Yoga means to "unite" mind, body and spirit, and it works on mind, body and spirit to:
1) Revitalize the body so that we function at higher levels in all aspects of life,
2) Calm & clear the mind so our decisions come from wisdom rather than fear or desire, and
3) Heal emotional wounds and open the heart to directly experience gratitude and joy.
The transformations can be truly amazing!
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a highly developed health science that dates back approximately 7000 years. Originating in ancient India, it includes disciplines and exercises that involve breathing, tapping, postures, movements, meditation and relaxation techniques.
Who Can Do Yoga?
Anyone can practice yoga! Yoga includes a wide variety of exercises that can meet the needs of all ages and physical conditions. Yoga can be done standing, lying down, or even sitting in a chair. Depending on the technique involved, it can be gentle and relaxing or challenging and invigorating. No matter what technique is practiced, most people who begin a yoga regimen report that it has changed their life for the better.
What are the Benefits of Yoga?
All forms of yoga are designed to promote health by balancing the endocrine system, strengthening the nervous system, massaging internal organs, releasing excess muscle tension, improving circulation of the blood, spinal and cerebral fluids, detoxifying the lymphatic system, calming the mind, and leaving the body relaxed and energized.