What yoga can do for YOU
The goal for me is not to attain a level of physical mastery, but rather, to attain enough stability and comfort in each posture that I can experience its energetic effects
Yoga is for Everybody
Anyone can do it! A yoga practice is aimed at relaxation, reducing stress, ultimately calming the mind and the nervous system. You don't have to be flexible, this comes gradually with time; this is how all of us start. You just have to roll up, get onto your mat, breathe, move and focus. Working on the basics of this ancient tradition, you will learn to breathe properly, centre and concentrate your attention as you mentally clear the way for your asana practice and meditation.
The Benefits of Yoga
According to Michael Townsend Williams there are 77 reasons why we benefit from the practice of yoga; health from within, health from without, emotional health, body chemistry, exercise and the prevention of disease. Rather than list everything here, please check out the link and see for yourself!
Five Points of Yoga
Proper Exercise (Asanas) - Yoga poses help develop a strong, healthy body by enhancing flexibility and improving circulation.
Proper Breathing (Pranayama) - Deep, conscious breathing reduces stress and many diseases.
Proper Relaxation - Helps keep the body from going into overload mode, easing worry and fatigue.
Proper Diet - Eating simple, healthy and vegetarian foods that are easy to digest notably have a positive effect on the mind and body, as well as the environment and other living beings.
Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) - These are the true keys to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity in our lives.
The Magic of Yoga
During the practice of yoga there is a magic that occurs during a class, that is unique and accessible to everyone; I can hardly explain it but the combination of asana (poses), pranyama (breath) and meditation (dhyana) brings a sense of relaxation and mental calm. Control of the breath calms the mind, relaxing the body, enabling the body to stretch and strengthen.