‘Namaste’‘My soul honours your soul. I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honour the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same. We are one.’
YogaThere are many different practices of yoga a person can choose to explore and hopefully find one that suits them however, the fundamental teachings within all yoga practice are the same: to find peace with oneself, others and the world in which we live. Yoga is an ancient practice that enhances our health and wellbeing. Studies show that Yoga is not only good for all of the usual health benefits, it has additional benefits that support an individual’s mental health and well being, including interpersonal relationships and a sense of connectedness to oneself, others and the world around us. Through the union of movement with breath, yoga increases our capacity to experience feelings within our own body and in doing so increases our capacity to relate empathically to others. By focusing on the breath and mindful practice within yoga, individuals are encouraged to be ‘present’ during their practice, whilst focusing on controlling their breath to help them deepen practice and achieve a state of ‘inner peace and harmony.’Meditation and mindful practice in yoga has been shown to create an approach of orientation for individuals, helping them to stop avoiding previous painful experiences and manage stressful situations that may arise in the present. When all of these aspects are integrated in the person as a ‘whole’ they become part everyday functioning. Through the practice of yoga, an individual naturally becomes more authentically in-tune with themselves and their environment.