Why is yoga beneficial?
Yoga is not only a great physical fitness practice, but if also helps people with stress, namely:
Emotional stress --
such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues, work stress
Body stresses --
such as pain including injury
Physiological stress --
that materializes into illness (cancer, migraines, digestive issue, and weight issues such as struggling with wanting to lose weight)
Thus, through practicing physical postures, yoga helps balance the mind and body by proactively paying attention to your inner state which can help one rebalance his/her whole being, which in turn naturally helps one to let go of stress and relax.
Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?
No, you do not need to be flexible or experienced to start yoga.
Also, Hatha yoga is a great place to start if you have never tried yoga before. It is a gentle approach to physical exercise, and I will also assist you with some poses to help you get that much needed stretch (especially if you are dealing with an injury or an illness).
An optional segment of the yoga session is to incorporate meditation. At Be Bliss, the definition of meditation is to practice sitting in silence for a short period of time, as the goal is to reduce your mind chatter. Generally, people have 60,000 thoughts per day……how tiring!
What is Hatha yoga?
Hatha Yoga was introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India. He said that Hatha Yoga is a preparatory stage of physical purification that the body practices for meditation (silence of mind chatter). The word Hatha is a compound of the words Ha and Tha meaning sun and moon. Hatha Yoga is what most people in the West associate with the word "Yoga" (thus uniting of mind and body), and is practiced for mental and physical health.
I am not religious nor do I consider myself spiritual, but I am interested in trying a yoga class.
Is Hatha yoga suitable for me?
You do not need to be religious nor come from an eastern religion, neither come to yoga thinking you are going to be forced to say a set of mantras. You come as you are, and the goal is to leave with a sense of peace, calm, and with a smile on your face!