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  IS YOGA AN EXERCISE? Traditionally in the West Yoga is seen as a form of physical exercise to gain fitness and reduce stress. This is certainly true, however Yoga is far more than that. In yoga we harness the power of our bodies but also unite this with the power of our minds. yoga image

Uniting and Transforming The Whole
Yoga is also the means of uniting our whole being – body, breath, mind and spirit. To change the mind we need to alter the body. In yoga this is done through the practice of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. By becoming aware of the body and the breath and how it functions, allows us to alter the way we move and breathe and ultimately the way we use our minds.

Ancient and Tested, the practice of yoga is said to be nearly 6000 years old and in that time has been fully tested and found to be a highly effective means by which the process of transformation can take place. The change takes place on the entire person and affects the physical body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit.

From The Outside In Yoga works from the outside in. It is a process of refinement from the gross body to the subtle. We work on the physical body (co-ordinated with the breath) which is the gross part of our nature. The focus then changes more fully to the breath, a finer part. We end in a state of meditation where we are working directly on the mind, which is a finer process still. The focus inward leads to samadhi, the state of bliss, of peaceful awareness, this ultimately is the goal of yoga.
    This document is designed & maintained by Angie Wheeler.
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