Why Practice Yoga?

People often ask what is Yoga? Yoga is the Science of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is the only form of exercise that is completely balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  The Science of Yoga is thousands of years old.  It originated to keep individuals healthy through proper breathing, proper exercise, proper relaxation, proper diet, constructive thinking and meditation. The main purpose of Yoga is inner peace. It is much easier to attain inner peace when your body is balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. At Indra’s Grace we teach students tools to help them heal and balance their body so they feel better and can enjoy better well-being.

Pranayama

Proper breathing is a master key to optimal health and well-being. In Yoga we start by opening up the Respiratory System through the science of Pranayama. We learn how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity. Did you know that the average 60 year old has the lung capacity of a 9 year old?  No wonder we have so many health issues!  It is the basement of the lungs that is rich in capillaries that can deliver oxygen to cells.   Shallow breathing results in less energy, imbalances in the nervous system, acidity in the body, lowered immune system, higher anxiety and stress levels, and may even effect our sleeping pattern. We teach Pranayama that helps you learn how to breathe deeper, slower, quieter, and more regular.  Taking a deeper breath allows the body to relax and brings the body into balance.  Breathing is intimately connected to our mental, emotional, and physical states.  It is key to healing the body and many symptoms disappear as we learn to breathe correctly.

Asana

Our aim in practicing asana (postures) is to increase circulation, flexibility, detoxification, and energy flow. As an exercise the posture is used to isolate specific muscles, to pressurize specific points of the body that act as reflex triggers to enhance the functions of the glands and organs, and to re-direct, flush, or increase circulation.  Asana practiced mindfully creates a special link between the body and mind.  Each asana stimulates an area of the body and begins to release emotional blocks trapped in the tissues and muscles.  As a connection to energy flow, the asana opens an energy pathway between meridian points to allow energy to flow more freely through the body.  As  a self-diagnostic tool, the asana may give you signals of pleasure or discomfort and pain that indicate changes and conditions in the musculature, glands, or emotions.

Meditation

Meditation is the process of controlling and transcending the waves of the mind.  As we become aware of our thought process we can begin observing it and filtering our thoughts.  With mindfulness we can eventually transcend the mind.  Meditation is for everyone.  Meditation develops a neutral mind and promotes a sense of well-being, inner peace, stability, and calm.  Meditation helps us develop our intuition and releases reactions and unconscious habits, subconscious fears and blocks.  meditation promotes clarity of mind, mental awareness, and the ability to be present.

Yoga Philosophy

There is no Yoga without Yoga Philosophy. Understanding the reality of nature is important otherwise we get too wrapped up in our “life stories” and forget the bigger picture.  We are here to experience joy, love, connection, and reconnect with our Spirit.   Yoga teaches us to come inside the present moment and to stop focusing so much on the past and future. When we focus more energy on today our tomorrow will naturally become brighter because of the work we do today. When we step out of the past and don’t worry constantly about the future we are well on our way to becoming happier and healthier individuals.  With the increase in technology there is much chaos in the computer age and we need to become stronger to effectively deal with the pace of the current world.

“Every human, will face a reality in the future where they will need a strong, healthy nervous system. They will need mental clarity and the back-up of spiritual strength to face the coming world.  We can say with confidence, the only way to do this is through yogic techniques by which body, mind, and spirit can be enhanced.”-Yogi Bhajan