5 Points of Yoga

1. Proper Exercise (Asana)

Yoga regards the body as a vehicle for the soul on its evolutionary journey. Accordingly, yogic physical exercises or asana, meaning steady pose in Sanskrit, are designed to develop not only the body but also the mind and spirit. Performed slowly and consciously, each asana is a physical exercise resulting in increased flexibility and strength, as well as an exercise in concentration and meditation.

Yogis understand that the body is as young as it is flexible and yoga asanas stretch the entire body, toning the muscles, joints, spine and skeletal system. The postures stimulate the internal organs and glands and invigorate and energise all bodily systems, including the nervous, circulatory and immune systems, resulting in radiant physical health.

On the mental level there is an increase in concentration, emotional balance, vitality, contentment, calmness and a sense of being grounded. And on a deeper level still the asanas expand our consciousness and awareness of our connection to the universe.

The benefits of practising asanas on all aspects of our physical health and mental and spiritual well-being are now universally acknowledged as far-reaching and wide-ranging.

2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)

Breath is life. Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath to increase vitality and enhance mental clarity. Pranayama (control of the life force-known as prana in yoga) is the practice of  specific breathing techniques that increase oxygen intake and encourage the absorption of prana into the body’s subtle energy channels (nadis) and energy centres (chakras). By controlling the prana through the breath the mind is rendered calm and clear and we experience increased energy, well-being and peace of mind.  Pranayama connects the body with its ‘battery’ the solar plexus. Tremendous potential energy is stored here. When tapped through the practice of pranayama this energy is released for physical and mental rejuvenation. Pranayama is one of the most important practices in yoga. Through the practice the yogi is able to control the nervous system and obtains gradual control over the mind. Yogis have known for thousands of years that if we control our breathing patterns we can control our mind.

3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)