What is yoga?

 

 

“I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe”

 

Richard Feynman

 

 

The incredible system of yoga is a holistic system which strengthens the body and quietens the mind – relaxing and energising the whole being.

 

One of the biggest effects is on the nervous system. The endocrine glands are massaged and this balances the hormones. As muscles are stretched, pressure is also taken off the nerves, giving them more space and decreasing irritability. Other major benefits are that the flexibility of the spine is increased and maintained, reducing and preventing back problems; muscles and bones are strengthened; internal organs are massaged and joints are kept flexible.

 

But yoga is much more than the physical benefits. Yoga is a means by which to bring our heart, head and hands into one line - our feelings, thoughts and actions. This is achieved through quietening the mind by linking body movements with the breath and through meditation. By focusing attention on the body and breath, the restlessness of the mind is calmed, allowing for deep relaxation and a great sense of inner peace.

 

Meditation then takes the practice a step further and focuses the mind in one-pointed attention. This can be on the breath, counting, mantras or chakras, which are used as a tool to anchor the mind. When one-pointed attention is achieved and maintained, separation between meditator and object of meditation dissolves and a state of oneness is attained.

 

Through the practice of yoga, the practitioner becomes aware of their deepest nature. When the restlessness of daily life is stripped away, their essence remains as pure and eternal energy. Through calming the mind, the practitioner feels a wealth of inner peace and begins to feel that there is a part of themselves which is changeless and infinite and that all hopes, fears, desires and attachments, as well as joys and pains, are transitory and impermanent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Logo and house style design by Guus Timmerman

Photos by Steven Stolk

Website design by FM Photo & Design

 

 

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What is yoga?

 

 

“I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe”

 

Richard Feynman

 

 

The incredible system of yoga is a holistic system which strengthens the body and quietens the mind – relaxing and energising the whole being.

 

One of the biggest effects is on the nervous system. The endocrine glands are massaged and this balances the hormones. As muscles are stretched, pressure is also taken off the nerves, giving them more space and decreasing irritability. Other major benefits are that the flexibility of the spine is increased and maintained, reducing and preventing back problems; muscles and bones are strengthened; internal organs are massaged and joints are kept flexible.

 

But yoga is much more than the physical benefits. Yoga is a means by which to bring our heart, head and hands into one line - our feelings, thoughts and actions. This is achieved through quietening the mind by linking body movements with the breath and through meditation. By focusing attention on the body and breath, the restlessness of the mind is calmed, allowing for deep relaxation and a great sense of inner peace.

 

Meditation then takes the practice a step further and focuses the mind in one-pointed attention. This can be on the breath, counting, mantras or chakras, which are used as a tool to anchor the mind. When one-pointed attention is achieved and maintained, separation between meditator and object of meditation dissolves and a state of oneness is attained.

 

Through the practice of yoga, the practitioner becomes aware of their deepest nature. When the restlessness of daily life is stripped away, their essence remains as pure and eternal energy. Through calming the mind, the practitioner feels a wealth of inner peace and begins to feel that there is a part of themselves which is changeless and infinite and that all hopes, fears, desires and attachments, as well as joys and pains, are transitory and impermanent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____

 

©2016 All rights reserved.

 

Logo and house style design by Guus Timmerman

Photos by Steven Stolk

Website design by FM Photo & Design