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Why Practice Yoga?
What is Yoga:
Yoga is the art of our aligning our consciousness to presence. The practice of communing with ourselves and aligning our body and mind to discover the meaning in our life. Yoga involves several disciplines that allows us to reality:
- Reading Scriptures
- Eating Habits
Yoga, meaning “yoke” or “union” of the mind, body, and spirit, was developed over 4,000 years ago as a spiritual practice. It was a way to deepen meditation and gain self-actualization, which is an understanding of one’s intrinsic wholeness and connectedness in the present moment. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali, recognized as the codifier of Yoga, defined Yoga as: “control of the thought waves of the mind” which implies that Yoga as a philosophy and lifestyle practice goes beyond the physical practice of asanas or postures.
There are several practices The Peace and Love Lifestyle uses to align actions with a balanced heart and mind. Every practice aims at aligning us to the tender, thoughtful, and wonder-smitten aspects of reality.
- Hatha Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Resistance Flexibility
- Acro Yoga
- Yoga Therapy
Benefits of each Peace and Love Yoga Style:
1. Hatha Yoga
The regular practice of Hatha Yoga enhances strength, flexibility, and balance and may offer some light to moderate aerobic conditioning as well, depending on the style practiced. Other benefits may be gained from incorporating breath work (pranayama) and meditation as part of, or in addition to, a Hatha Yoga practice.
A Hatha Yoga practice may be used by anyone as a way to increase fitness, improve health, attain or restore greater balance and connectedness of mind-body-spirit, and develop mental focus and discipline. With the help of a skilled teacher and credible resources, incorporating other Yoga techniques into a physical Hatha Yoga practice may open the door to attaining additional health benefits, enhanced stress management, and a more meaningful Hatha Yoga experience.
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2. Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is ideal for anyone who wants to engage in a quiet, reflective yoga practice that involves holding poses for longer periods.
This style is suitable for people who are new to yoga or want to balance intense workouts. It’s also great for people who have health concerns or injuries that require low intensity activities.
Yin yoga offers a wealth of benefits that may help you to alleviate pain and tension, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve your overall well-being.
The practice of holding a pose for an extended period teaches you to sit with and observe uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, or physical sensations as they arise.
Yin yoga may also help to:
- balance emotions
- improve flexibility
- stretch connective tissue
- boost circulation
- improve sleep
- enhance mental focus
- promote relaxation
- develop breath awareness
- heal injuries
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3. Resistance Flexibility
Resistance Flexibility and Strength Training Benefits:
offers immediate, cumulative, and permanent increases in flexibility
takes the pain out of stretching
protects one from injuring themselves by over-stretching
results in gains in both strength and aerobic capacity
improves performance accuracy
creates more powerful, explosive, and core stable movements
1. Increases in Resistance Flexibility also result in:
corrective realignment of bone rotational interrelationships
removing chronic joint stress
re-establishing optimal bio-mechanical efficiency
2. Regular, repeated practice of RFST can produce:
greater strength from the same muscle mass. As muscles become more flexible, they become more efficient producers of force
greater range of motion producing enhanced athletic performance in the form of speed and agility gains
improved muscle function, so that your body is able to perform more complex movements with ease
more optimal biomechanical alignment which leads to a more comfortable body that can withstand higher stresses and repeated actions at the joints
a more robust skeletal structure that is less prone to injuries and breakdowns
increased stamina and muscle recovery which allows the same body to perform more powerfully with less effort
3. RFST is the missing link in preventative medicine as it:
takes a proactive role in targeting specific areas of potential injury
removes chronic injuries
upgrades kinetic bio-mechanics with concomitant improvement in physiological and psychological health
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4. Acro Yoga
AcroYoga is a physical practice that combines the principles of yoga and acrobatics. It also draws inspo from cheerleading, dance acro, and circus arts. While you can technically do it solo, AcroYoga is usually performed with a partner or in a group.
Increases strength. AcroYoga is a dope dynamic exercise. Your body goes through a full range of motion and different points of balance. This makes it a great way to increase muscle strength.
Builds balance. Yoga-based exercises may help improve balance and increase mobility.
Calms the mind. Yoga could be a great way to reduce anxiety and relieve stress.
Boosts confidence. A regular yoga practice can increase confidence and feelings of self-worth. Since AcroYoga requires a lot of determination, it may help you tap into your inner-strength in a big way.
Improves concentration. Studies show yoga might help improve concentration and improve your ability to think.
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5. Yoga Medicine
Yoga Medicine is a type of yoga that focuses on the integration of mind and body to enhance mental health
This form of therapy draws on yogic principles and practices, such as physical yoga postures, meditation, breathing techniques, and relaxation exercises, to improve mental and physical well-being.
Yoga medicine does not look like a typical yoga class. Instead, yoga medicine is always conducted on a one-on-one basis with a Practitioner.
These are some of the benefits of yoga medicine:
Integrated mind-body focus: The exercises and postures of yoga medicine focus on the mind and body simultaneously, developing both mental and physical awareness. This helps with mind-body integration and improves mindfulness.
Physical health benefits: In addition to helping with mental health conditions, yoga therapy can also improve physical fitness and increase strength, balance, and flexibility. It can also help with physical health conditions such as pain, blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis.
Fewer side effects: Medication to treat mental health conditions can have side effects such as weight gain and other metabolic complications that can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. By contrast, yoga medicine has fewer side effects.1
Alternative form of healing: A major benefit of yoga medicine is that it appeals to those who might not be ready for traditional talk therapy or those who might find more meaningful results through the mind-body integrative focus. We recommend it as a compliment to traditional therapy practices.
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