The style of yoga which I teach is Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa flow yoga which focuses on linking breath with movement.
When we think of yoga we tend to think about flexibility or stretching. However, there is a lot more to yoga than just flexibility. It is a discipline which requires both dedication and patience. Throughout different yoga poses, we need to maintain grounding through the feet, stability, strength, mobility and of course flexibility.
Stress is an unavoidable part of current living, which keeps our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) constantly on alert and producing the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is important for the body under certain circumstances, however if you have a high level of cortisol day to day it has a negative effect on the whole body and mind.
With yoga we give a lot of focus to breath work which helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest system) – this is done mainly through different forms of breathing including boxed breathing, which is known to activate the vagus nerve and calm the body.
As you can see with yoga we are not only working on flexibility. We are working on relaxing the mind and body, and thereby allowing the individual to achieve better strength, stability, and grounding, which has an overall confidence to ones abilities.
Yoga has been proven to decrease depression, increase concentration and manage stress levels.
“Yoga is the fountain of youth; you are as young as your spine is flexible”– Bob Harper