These casual classes require no previous knowledge or physical capability; only a willingness to face the truth about ourselves. You must always start yoga from where you are and go on from there; cautiously, consciously. You can't do yoga without learning but equally you can't learn yoga without doing it. The important thing is to begin. To know and not to do is not to know at all. These two hour classes are the experience to learn to deeply experience yourself, and that’s what yoga is all about.
Casual classes change each week to traverse the enormous array of yogic techniques as a search for a way to reflect ourselves to ourselves, warts and all. The good news is that these same tools for self discovery not only highlight our injuries and imbalances but through the appropriate channelling of energy, are also the mechanisms to heal and rectify. This is the process of yogic evolution, of becoming more flexible, stronger, focused, aware… enlightened.
Superficially, yoga is an excellent form of exercise. Unlike most forms, yoga offers the full range of fitness benefits. It not only develops flexibility, but also strength, stamina and vitality. The gentle stretching involved in each yoga posture promotes a gradual, safe increase in flexibility of the whole body, as a total unit. This means the entire body is cleansed and nourished more efficiently. This optimises not only the condition of the components of the body but also their function. The respiratory, digestive, circulatory, endocrine, and immune systems - all systems benefit.
But yoga can go deeper, if you let it. Its vast landscape covers all the layers of our existence. Yoga affects the mind as much as the body. There is a profound feeling of deep but alert relaxation afterwards. It encourages observation and contemplation leading to a profound perceptual and rational clarity. This in turn cultivates calmness, develops equanimity, instils confidence and nourishes contentment.
Spiritually, yoga can go even deeper than the mind, penetrating right to the very core of our being. If approached openly, without inflated ambition and pride, specific objectives, predetermined ideals or just wishful thinking, yoga will foster profound self-knowledge. It will also inspire deep self-acceptance and provide continuous self-validation, self-empowerment and self-love; a love that spills out into genuine connection and compassion, expressing a spontaneous generosity and sympathetic humour. Yoga is the fertile soil for the full flowering of happiness.
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