The word Yoga itself means "union, yet is much more than the asanas, or postures, that have gained widespread popularity in recent decades. It is a way of life and way of living. This ancient spiritual science offers direct tools to stilling the natural turbulence of thoughts, emotions and restlessness of body that prevent us from knowing what and who we really are; our true (Buddha) nature.
You don't need to wait years to master the art of Yoga, so why not practice Yoga now! We are the nature of nature, therefore nature is our primary healer. By engaging in nature and the sensory environment we can attune to our own inner nature. We cannot truly think and feel in the same moment, so whatever allows us to feel is the doorway to becoming present. Take moments to be aware of the breath. The breath regulates our inner life force and all systems of the body, especially the nervous system. This is why Yogis believe the breath and breath control (pranayama) to be the most important over all other senses and physical processes of Yoga. Correct breathing is the link that binds our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It is our life force regulating system that is so innate to us, which is why it automatically responds to the state of our mind, body and levels of stress.
If breathing is so easy to do, then it's so easy to correct. Simply get out into your natural environment, allow all your senses to come alive, become aware of the in-breath, the out-breath and slow everything down to cultivate presence, calm the mind and bring the whole body into more unifying balance. Practice this breath awareness in each moment and honour the gift of life force within you. So so simple.
If you are new to Yoga and wish to try a class and extend your practice our wonderful world wide web can assist in finding a studio near you. The space in a class should always feel welcoming, and the Yoga teacher should allow you to go at your own pace. This is the foundation of practicing Yoga - listening, being present, accepting and respecting the body’s needs regardless of what the other students or teacher is doing.
Your local community and Lululemon Athletica stores often offer complementary yoga or if you are sydney based check out my events page for weekly classes and events or offer me an email to request private classes. http://lucyproud.com.au/events/
So until your next class, happy breathing, happy being.