improves posture, increases the intake of oxygen, and enhances
the functioning of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive
and elimination systems. Its effects on the emotions are equally
beneficial; calming the mind, attuning us to the environment,
and diminishing insomnia caused by mental restlessness.
also works to unite the split between the mind and the body. Anyone
with a compulsive behavioural disorder knows what agony this split
can cause. Anyone who has ever had a nervous breakdown, suffered
manic depression, or has only felt himself or herself functioning
on “half power” understand this as well. The regular
practice of yoga helps us to accept whatever physical or mental
conditions we might be suffering from by increasing our immediate
sense of well being, concentration, and calm. Much healing can
be done, but it takes practice and consistency.
all have the capacity to self-destruct, particularly if things
go wrong. The yogi mentality is that life is a tremendous gift
and we have to take responsibility for it. Yoga gives you the
capacity to face up to life’s challenges. Also when you
respect your body, you tend to do things that will enhance its
vitality. Many people who practice yoga become vegetarians and
follow a macrobiotic diet.
of yoga is breathing, which helps make the body more alkaline.
Over acidity can be harmful for bones and tissues, leading to
fatigue, dulled mentality, headaches, depression and arthritis.
Nothing prevents you from practicing yoga at home and there are
many illustrated books and videos/DVD’s on the subject.
If you are a beginner it would be advisable to join a class where
you will learn basic movements.