Yoga Facts

Yoga is a holistic exercise practice that positively affects every aspect of our being.

Research has identified Yoga reduces physical and mental tension. When our bodies and minds are calm and balanced, our emotional health improves so we feel whole or complete. When we feel better we can rest, relax and gain inner peace enabling us to enjoy life and to cope better with daily life.

Yoga is not a religion but it does have its own philosophy that helps to encourage us to practice safely. Unlike other physical exercise activities, Yoga is not competitive and is not judgmental making it one of the safest forms of physical exercise.

Yoga consists of a number of different activities to help to improve physical health and mental well-being, all of which have been well researched. For example:  

  • Breathing exercises
  • Physical movements and postures
  • Relaxation and visualisation methods

Meditation is practiced in some Yoga classes or as a practice on its own.

Meditation can be known as Focused Relaxation, Mindfulness and Breath-Work Practice are a few examples.

Meditation is not linked to any religious practice. It is a mental relaxation practice that helps individuals to find emotional peace and harmony within their own minds. A calm relaxed mind helps us to think more clearer and to cope better with life challenges. 

Different styles of Yoga and Meditation

There are different schools or styles of Yoga and meditation simply because each person is different and therefore one style does not suit everyone. 

If you have tried one style of Yoga and felt it was not beneficial, it is worth trying another class with a different teacher as well as trying a different style of Yoga.

Teachers of Yoga and meditation have different teaching styles as they too are individuals. It is worth giving a class a go for a few weeks and if you feel that a class “is not right for you,” then try another class until you find a style and a teacher that suits you.

All Yoga and meditation styles, schools and their teachers have their own value but as individuals we will find a particular approach more beneficial than another simply because we are all different.   

Summary of the Benefits of Yoga and Meditation 

  • Improves physical and mental health
  • Improves the function of bodily systems
  • Improves physical mobility
  • Helps to reduce pain caused by physical health or injury problems
  • Most people find they can cope better with everyday stress 
  • Attending classes provides an opportunity to meet new people and develop a new interest

Most Yoga and meditation benefits are experienced after a few weeks of practice but clients have informed Sue that even after their first class they have had the 'best night sleep in ages.'


Ayurveda 

Ayurveda is often referred to as the 'Science of Yoga.' 

In fact the Sanskrit word ‘Ayurveda’ literally translates as ‘The Science of Life’.

Like Yoga, Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago to enable people to optimise their health and to prevent disease based upon the belief that health and well-being is dependent on balance between the mind, body and spirit.

If someone seeks consultation with Ayurveda Doctor or an Ayurveda Practitioner, their physical health, lifestyle and diet will be reviewed. Recommendations will be advised to help to improve and regain balance of the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is often advised to be practiced to help to improve all areas of health as Yoga is part of the Ayurveda system to help to maximise health and well-being.  

Some scientific research studies of Ayurveda are now being undertaken. 

Sue has obtained a Ayurveda Diploma Certificate and has always been interested in systems that promote healthy lifestyles. During her former professional health work Sue practiced using a holistic nursing approach and was involved in public health education.