Yoga and Health
is a unique discipline, more than 2000 years old. It offers a method to
stay healthy both physically and mentally. Medical science more and
more frequently accepts the connection between the mind and the body.
Eastern philosophies with their physical application in the form of
movement have always emphasized that the mind and the emotions
influence our health.
we experience tension. Emotions like fear and anger bring a physical
response, the so-called "fight or flight" response. This involves, for
instance, the narrowing of the pupils of the eyes, blood withdrawing
from the bowels and skin, so that muscles get extra oxygen and
producing adrenaline. This is so that we can defend ourselves or flee,
the physical response necessary in danger.
current lifestyle does involve stress, fear and danger, but running
away or physical defence are mostly inappropriate responses. This means
that adrenaline is produced, but not used, the stress stays within the
body and tension is the result. So over time we may experience aches
and pains. If we do not respond to the signals in the body a burnout
may be the result, or we feel depressed, or we may experience severe
RSI or back problems. Through regular yoga practice we can prevent
energy blocks and therefore physical problems.
A balanced yoga programme encompasses:
- Strength, flexibility and fitness
- Relaxation for body and mind
- Breath awareness and strengthening muscles and organs involved in breathing.
- Respecting our own and other people's boundaries
- To value the present moment
- To connect with our purpose in life, our individual aim.
This is why the discipline of yoga focuses on physical exercises, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation.
is best to practise yoga everyday. It doesn't have to be an intensively
long session. Progress slowly and pay attention to the responses of the