Yoga is a 5,000 year old science of well-being, touching every
aspect of life. Many westerners think of yoga as just the performance
of physical postures yet it is so much more. Its philosophy teaches
the balance and harmony of body, mind & spirit in order to
obtain optimal health and happiness, advocating a simple way of
living, as close to Nature as possible. It is a way of life with
goals of creating union between body, mind and spirit and union
with Divine Intelligence. The asana practice of Hatha Yoga was
designed to prepare the body and mind to be in the state most conducive
to the practice of meditation. The yogi masters realized that a
body which is properly cared for, nourished and developed, is a
greater instrument for the mind & spirit and the work of soul
The benefits of Hatha Yoga are now well known and authenticated
in the Western World.
- IMPROVED STRENGTH
Without exercise all of us lose muscle mass as we age which can
eventually result in weakness and loss of balance and coordination. Asana practice
reverses this process.
- INCREASED FLEXIBILITY
As most people age, muscles shorten and tendons become stiffer.
This reduces the range of motion and prevents optimal movement
of one’s knees, shoulders, elbows, spine and other joints.
Muscles respond to stretching by becoming larger and capable
of extracting and using more oxygen. This creates benefits
of increased muscle strength and endurance.
- CARDIO-RESPIRATORY FITNESS
You will enjoy greater stamana with
better fitness of your heart, lungs and blood vessels. There
will be a lower risk for a host of illnesses like heart disease,
diabetes and cancer.
Yoga poses help increase lung capacity by
improving the flexibility of the rib area, shoulders and back,
allowing the lungs to expand more fully. Breathwork further
boosts lung capacity, conditioning the diaphragm and helping
to more fully oxygenate the blood.
Balancing postures strengthen the body while developing lightness,
agility and muscle-tone. Tremendous control and coordination
is required promoting the abilities for heightened concentration
The body has the innate wisdom to be our greatest teacher/healer/guide
if we can only learn how to pay attention.