What is yoga?
Yoga is a 5,000 year old system, consisting of asanas (exercises), pranayamas (breathing) and meditations. It is more popular now than ever. The philosophy of yoga is perceived as the union with the divine. It is a very intimate practice which opens us to having an internal dialogue with ourselves. We learn to accept and to forgive, to value ourselves as individuals and therefore, to place value in everything that we do as well as to see the best part of yourself and inside others. The practice of yoga allows you to think about the importance of connecting all the dots in your life, to be happy with your family and with yourself. The concept of a healthy mind, body and spirit is one which integrates harmony into each of the different roles you carry out in real life. Yoga is not a religion, but enables you to know yourself and find spirituality inside you.
How does Hatha Flow yoga work?
Hatha Flow is a classical set of hatha postures that flow from one to another with some pauses for added instruction and teacher demonstration.
Hatha yoga aims to achieve a balance between masculine and feminine energies, through the use of postures that seek to find the balance between strength and flexibility.
The syncronitation of conscious breathing and body movement favours the reduction of stress and the purification of the mind.
Other advantages of practicing Hatha yoga include: strengthening and toning the muscles, facilitates digestion, improves the functioning of the organs and promotes sleep. It improves the immune system with the contractions and stretching of the muscles and the movement of the organs, helping the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins in the body. It tones our spinal column, which connects nerves with different organs and with the brain system. Increases flexibility by favoring cells that join muscle fibers. Improve our daily posture with the realignment of our back. Relaxes and centers the mind helping us to be present and happy. And it fills us with energy.
How does Kundalini yoga work?
The techniques of Kundalini yoga have been used over centuries to extract from the inner self of a human. It gives you the ability to understand who you are and what are you capable of doing. Kriyas are a set of exercises that address the demand of modern society. Exercises include asanas (postures) , mantras (chanting), pranayamas (breathing exercises) and meditations to create a specific effect. This set of exercises are full of information and stimuli, allowing you to achieve balance between work and home, manage stress effectively, maximize your creative capacity and understanding. Perhaps you will grasp where it is you are heading as an individual a little clearer. The practice helps you to purify and improve the functioning of your body: organs, glands, nervous system and a positive relationship with yourself. It also helps you define priorities in your life through the meditation and mindfulness techniques.
How does Yin yoga work?
A yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body: the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues, while expanding flexibility and invigorating the energy centers of the body (nadis), blockages are released and your energy flow increases. Yin yoga focuses on static movement, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. The primary differences between yin yoga and many others forms of yoga is that you are encouraged not to use your muscles and passive poses are held for up to 5 minutes, sometime longer. This flow of energy through the body in chinese medicine is referred to as chi and in Yin yoga philosophy as prana. This energy travels through pathways in the body referred to as meridians. It is thought in yin yoga the chi runs through the connective tissue in the body (meridians/pathway).
Yoga for mothers
The yogic way of living has accumulated a wide range of knowledge on how to sustain your body, mind and spirit during your transition into motherhood. The mood, the iron and sugar levels, the baby’s movements, the size of the belly, libido, breastfeeding, vaccinations, birth type …
There are countless issues that a woman needs to address during the gestation period. The classes of yoga act on the body to generate changes. First we use the breath and movement to create the changes we want, such as changing the body chemistry. Then we relax to make room for the integration of these changes and observe any physical, emotional and mental relief. In this state we can reflect upon these changes.
We conclude that the practice of yoga leads to a state of consciousness that allows us to acknowledge the issues that concern us and begin the process of realigning mind, body and spirit to a state of wellbeing. This can be aided by positive thinking or discussing issues one to one or in a support group.