BALANCE OUT YOUR LIFE WITH YOGA
REDUCE STRESS-BUild PHYSICAL and MENTAL FITNESS and FLEXIBILITY – INCREASE ENERGY – MANAGE YOUR MIND
SIX WEEK COURSE STARTS WED 25TH JAN,ELY PLACE, D2.
Suitable for both mend women, beginners and improvers. Focus is on the mindful practice of breathing and yoga postures, relaxation and meditation, rather than athletics.
Class runs from 7.30 to 8.45 pm each evening. Fee €80
SIX WEEK COURSE STARTS MON 30th JAN, HOWTH RD, KILLESTER CLASS RUNS FROM 8.15 PM TO 9.30PM. Fee €80
YOGA:THE COMPLETE HOLISTIC SYSTEM
This year, 2017, marks my 40th year in practice as a teacher of yoga and meditation. It has been interesting to see what was once regarded as a strange “cult” or confused with an”exotic” health food (yogurt!) become part of mainstream culture. Today, there are so many different varieties of yoga about, compared to when I started, and so much emphasis on what I call “athletic “performance, that often the true purpose of yoga is often overlooked.
Of course yoga has many physical benefits: as well as increasing flexibility, yoga postures strengthen and tone the muscles, develop physical balance and co-ordination, regulate the heart, the immune system and the digestive system. and yoga breathing increases the oxygenating capacity of the lungs, to name a few. But yoga is really a complete holistic system involving mind, body and spirit.
The word yoga means union, joining with life, and the purpose of yoga as a system is to uncover your spirit, your own source of life. When this life is fully released,it connects with the Life that underlies everything, which is the state of yoga,of being joined with Life.
Yoga sees our physical body as being built around our spirit, and the purpose of yoga postures is “to still the whirlpools of the mind” and draw the energy that comes from that spirit, through our body and into our everyday life. As you do the postures with full concentration, you begin to feel this movement of life through the body. You may feel this flow as an energy moving through the body from the solar plexus area to the head, you may experience it as a brightness in the head, or even as a tingling sensation in the hands or feet.
The flowing of this energy through the body produces a feeling of wellbeing and increased mental and physical energy. So yoga postures have an energizing effect on body and mind, and provide a perfect balance to a busy day.
Physical relaxation is central in yoga and one of the first benefits that many people notice is that they sleep much more deeply and wake more refreshed.
Mental relaxation is even more important for bringing about peace of mind. In the process of doing the postures mindfully, you develop the capacity to switch your attention into the present moment, the by-product of this being the reduction of stress, which is often either wholly brought about or at least amplified by overthinking.
The ultimate purpose of yoga is to uncover your Self, often called Self Realization. The yoga view is that this is not a process of self-development, the Self is already there, perfect in each of us, but covered over by a layer of thought, so that we don’t experience its light, movement or energy.
The Buddha advises that “just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again”. The practice of yoga, of centring our senses and attention on the “here and now” gives us a mini-break from the past.
Reducing mental rigidity, in particular those embedded mental and emotional patterns and reactions that often operate below our level of awareness is even more important in yoga than increasing physical flexibility. Becoming free of our conditioned reactions and relating to things as they are and the life that is around us: that is the real work of yoga.
So why not give it a try and see what yoga can do for you?