You will find that yoga makes aches and pains vanish. Pain, especially in the lower back will be eased and stay away with regular practice. If performed correctly, certain postures prevent, bring relief and even cure many ailments, such as headaches, sciatica, lower back pain, sleeplessness, asthma, arthritis and it improves posture. As we get older the discs in between our vertebra can become compacted, the fluid can leak out and the vertebra can rub painfully on each other. The back can become rounded and our posture shrunken. If we keep our spine stretched, giving the discs room to stay fluid it helps us maintain a straight back and height as we age. By stretching the back we make space for the millions of nerves that emerge from our spinal cord, our central nervous system relaxes, we feel calmer and our mind is able to function more clearly.
Yoga activates the endocrine system, regulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, releasing hormones and enzymes into the body, keeping it healthy, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system, releasing endorphins - the feel good hormones leaving you feeling awake, alive and full of vibrant energy.
Yoga is fabulous for confidence, fitness and strength. I spent 7 years in the gym and training at karate, my core and upper body strength is greater now after continuously teaching one year of yoga, and I can do things I never dreamed of being able to do, my students constantly amaze themselves with what they are able to achieve. Sometimes after only 3 lessons they can touch their toes! or stand on their heads! Yoga uses your body weight to gradually improve your strength and flexibility. I design my classes so that you never have to exceed your capability, it is important not to push beyond your limits. It is also a fabulous feeling to work towards a posture and one day discover that you have achieved it, the boost for self-esteem and confidence is amazing. Yoga is also about equilibrium, balancing your body helps you balance your mind and your outlook.
The premise of yoga is that we are all born divine but we forget. Yoga helps us remember. Buddhism believes we are all born with Buddha nature, true nature or a good heart but it becomes obscured, like storm clouds cover a blue sky. The sky is still there - our true nature is always with us, but we are unable see it through the difficulties of life and our busy minds. If we can calm our mind, our mind becomes clear and our true nature is revealed to us once again. Yoga and meditation clear your mind, you will become calmer, more peaceful, less angry and better able to cope with problems.
True happiness is not gained from owning possessions, it comes from within. When you discover that you are perfect inside yourself, that you are loved just the way you are, a great sense of contentment, peace, joy and happiness will fill you and joy and happiness, contentment radiate out of you making the world around you glow and the people you meet feel happy. You find faith in yourself, and discover that you are capable of achieving anything you can dream of in this life.