What will you experience from a Yoga Practice The word yoga, means to bind and can be interpreted as "union". Unlike fitness, yoga is different than physical exercise. Yoga is unique as movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath are connected, directing awareness inward. Mindful yoga transforms lives, creates resilience in the nervous system, creates physical and mental balance The body becomes more flexible by doing yoga, as will the mind. Heart of Yoga, a unique yoga studio, offers a high level of traditional yoga instruction, incorporating the many aspects of yoga so students can experience a wide range of benefits.
Physiological Benefits of Yoga Some of the physiological benefits of yoga include: greater balance in the function of your endocrine and nervous systems builds nervous system resilience lower respiratory rate improved cardiovascular functions improves sleep lowers blood pressure increases flexibility and range of motion increases energy levels reduces anxiety improved immune system improved coordination. Yoga is also believed to improve the conditions of people suffering from a variety of ailments including high blood pressure, AIDS, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, obesity and PTSD.
Six Branches of Yoga Hatha Yoga~~Emphasis on the physical development, through asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing practices), and mudras, kriyas, yogic diet and deep relaxation. Raja Yoga~~Path of concentration and meditation. Concerned with control of the mind, through ethical perfection and regular practice of concentration and meditation. Bhakti Yoga~~The path of devotion. By constant love, thought and service of the Divine, (either as God, Divine Incarnation or a spiritual teacher), the individual transcends the limited personality and attains Cosmic Consciousness. The path of Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is needed is faith. Karma Yoga~~The path of selfless service. Performing duties without attachment to the fruits of the action. Jnana Yoga~~the intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, the Jnana Yogi realizes Oneness with the Universe. Japa Yoga~~Japa means repetition of a mantram, or a sound vibration. Repetition of a mantram produces vibrations within the individual's system which are in tune with Divine Vibration.
Psychological Benefits of Yoga Yoga provides a numerous benefits for the mind as well as the physical body. Through yoga, our mood improves along with our sense of well being, our awareness deepens. We often become more accepting of ourselves and those around us.
Biochemical Benefits of Yoga Cortisol levels decrease as antioxidant factors dissipate throughout the bloodstream, bringing a sense of calm and increasing our resistance to dis-ease. Glucose, sodium, cholesterol and triglyceride levels are reduced, while levels of vitamin C, and hemoglobin levels rise.
A popular chant for healing: Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Mukskiya Maamritat