Physical Exercises & Relaxation
Physical exercise and relaxation are the foundation of success in yoga practice. Before we attempt to increase our life energy, relaxation teach us to preserve the energy we already have by dissolving unnecessary physical and mental tensions. At the same time, we learn how to become more sensitive to our bodies and understand its strengths and needs.
Physical exercises begin with gentle exercises designed for everybody. These gentle but effective exercises strengthen muscles, increase flexibility of the spine and joints, improve blood circulation and body posture. Good for all, they prepare us to successfully progress towards more advanced yoga Asanas (postures). A sense of improved health, a feeling of freshness and an increase of life energy are some of the
Attention to Breathing
Attention to breathing while exercising takes our yoga practice to higher levels. Reestablishing often long-lost natural, slow, deep breathing while practising yoga , then carried over into our daily life as a habit, has a strong positive effect on our health and overall sense of well-being. Advanced yoga starts when control of life energies
through breathing techniques is brought to perfection.
Mental Aspect and Meditation
The mental aspect and meditation have their special importance in yoga. As happiness in life is a mental state achieved from the outside as well as from the inside, we strive for balance at all times. Peace of mind while exercising yoga is the foremost important requirement, whether one decides to proceed with meditation or concentrate on the
physical aspect of yoga.
Meditation then takes us on a journey through self-knowledge and self-acceptance towards the final destination of self-realization. There we find our centre within, develop understanding, love and compassion for others, and discover the power and radiance of our inner self.
While our physical and mental sides are inseparable, through regular practice, we develop them evenly, achieving greater health, peace of mind and a strong base for personal and spiritual development.