I am completely convinced that the practices of mindful yoga can be of great supportive benefit to our physical and mental health.
The translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’, is to ‘unite’ or ‘yoke’. The practices of yoga help us to unite our body and mind, through moving and becoming aware of our breath.
In some traditions there is also an emphasis on using yoga to overcome the distractions of our physical senses in order to become more aware of our higher purpose and connection with the divine. In this way yoga can be a helpful in supporting your physical well-being, as well as your sense of connectedness with your personal values and beliefs.
Practicing Yoga in a mindful way, can be a fascinating journey of self awareness. The way we approach the movements and poses, can remind us of our habits and attitudes towards ourselves.
Are we determined to get this pose just right? To we want to do it just as well as everyone else? Are we fearful of some of the postures, noticing lack of confidence, or lack of ability? Does this make us feel frustrated, angry or sad? Have a look at his inspirational video clip. Think about the message, ignore the cheesy music!
If you re-familiarise yourself with the spiral diagram, you will see that Yoga practice can tick the physical, breath work and stress boxes all in one! Some Yoga postures can also help you to sleep. The enhancement of your self insight and awareness, brings you to a deeper understanding of the issues you need to explore in order to regain balance in your daily life.