Yoga is the union between your body, breath and mind.
Pranayama (breathing), asanas (postures), relaxation and meditation are all the techniques we are learning during a yoga class. They will help to free yourself from blockages, both physical and emotional.
Through yoga practice, we are rediscovering that we are more than a thinking head. Alive, our body needs to move, to stretch, to relax. Breathing accompanies us throughout our practice to help uniting body and mind.
It is a meditative approach with a physical focus much deeper than other yoga practices.
Here the practitioner is trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia. Many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine).
This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get in touch with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions, something of which I have noticed can be easy to avoid in a fast paced life.
Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor and held for 1-5minutes.
It is a great time for relaxation, not only for the body but the mind. We relax, we softens, we let go.
Ashtanga vinyasa Yoga
It is a dynamic practice comprising a certain sequence of asanas (postures), interconnected with vinyasa (dynamic movements), performed in conjunction with "ujay" breathing (a certain way of breathing).
Asanas develop flexibility, tone muscles in the body and vinyasa:strength and endurance.
The correct practice of all elements of Ashtanga allows one to enter a meditative state.
The asana sequence is constructed in such a way that the previous asanas help prepare the body for the next. It is the breathing and the direction of attention inward that help to overcome chronic physical pain and calm the mind.
The dynamic movements of ashtanga vinyasa and breathing increase heat in the body.
All this contributes to the fact that the blood in the body becomes more fluid, allowing it to circulate freely, cleaning the internal organs and removing toxins from the body.
Each asana, associated with regular and calm breathing, has a certain positive effect on the internal organs to allow normalization of the body's metabolic processes.
After cleansing and healing the physical body, the mind is purified.
Yoga as a therapy
The physiology of each person is unique and therefore the development of practice takes place differently for everyone.
Yoga therapy is a way to influence not only the physical body (bones, muscles and joints), like other exercises, but also the physiological level, affecting, for example, the liver, spleen, pancreas, respiratory and circulatory systems .
The lesson involves the selection of special practices to restore the normal functioning of those systems and organs of a person.
In the process of performing certain asanas, breathing exercises, there are effects that are expressed in increasing or decreasing blood flow, changing the ratio of oxygen and carbon dioxide, in activating the parasympathetic or sympathetic parts of the autonomic nervous system.
The arsenal of yogic therapy uses many practices, including the practice of cleansing the body.
Yoga therapy is as well a thoughtful work aimed at helping with specific problems such as, among others, stress, life challenge, loss of a love one, self love.