I often recommend yoga to my customers and I've been getting great feedback! Some people were dubious at first and said, "Well I don't know if I could do yoga, I'm not very athletic," or, "I don't see how doing exercises is going to help my situation," or "I've tried yoga before and I didn't really like it, it was too hard," But, the vast majority of those who went ahead and took my advice have since called me back and raved about how much yoga has helped them.
Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT have to be an athlete to do yoga, at least, the kind of ancient yoga that my teacher recommends. We are not talking about acrobatics that only skinny 20-year-old girls can do, or twisting your body into a pretzel, which is the modern popular conception of yoga. If you tried yoga before and didn't like it, you probably took a class that involved ridiculous exertion and straining yourself. That's not what this is about. Rather, we suggest very simple breathing and movement exercises that anyone can do, even someone in a wheelchair. If you can breathe and lift your arms over your head, you can do this type of yoga! The key is a special type of breathing called "ujjayi breath" which sounds a little bit like a soft snore (although it is not a true snore). You actually already know how to do this because your body does it when you are sleeping. It is very relaxing and yet energizing at the same time. The simple arm, leg and body movements that go with the breathing get your whole body involved in this "moving meditation" and help you feel good all over.
And the benefits are many; for one, stress reduction and relief from anxiety. Let's face it; in today's high-stress world we all need this! Yogis have known for thousands of years that the breath influences the mind. By doing the breathing exercise, we can effectively calm the mind. And unlike medications, there are no bad side effects. But, it is addictive! By starting off the day with 7 minutes of this simple practice, before doing anything else, you will begin your day with a positive outlook and feel equipped to handle whatever comes up. The rest of your day will go much more smoothly. If you find yourself in a stressful situation later, you can just quietly do a few of the breaths (without the body movements) to help you regain your peaceful perspective.
When practiced regularly, daily, this yoga can take you to a place deep within yourself of peace, love and bliss in the center of your heart and soul. If you are a religious person, this is where you meet with God. If you are not religious, it does not matter; the exercises will bring you back to your own center and give you a sense of wholeness and overall well-being. No matter what your beliefs and/or lifestyle, you will benefit. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself! Go to blog link (above) which contains links to videos of my teacher, Mark Whitwell, demonstrating these simple exercises. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose.
Any questions, call me and I will guide you through it.
by Clare x8152
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