yoga body mind

At the moment I am having such fun preparing a beautiful women’s retreat called ‘Unfold Your Intuition’, in the hills of Perth in August. I want to bring you something special to give you a nurturing day out where you can connect to your body, mind, soul and skin. Of course, what to choose to make it a day for you to remember. One of them is yoga.

A while ago, I wrote about my experience on how yoga helps me in so many ways in my life. It such a powerful way of connecting body, mind and soul. For me the benefits outweigh the moments when I am in certain poses thinking: ‘what on earth am I doing here?’ as it keeps me agile, moving, strong and as supple as possible.

relaxation response

To give you a more formal point of view on yoga, I asked my teacher, Deb Winning from Yoga Centred, to write a few words. Yoga encourages us to relax, slows our breath, and focuses us on the present moment, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing blood pressure slowing the heart rate bringing switching on The Relaxation Response.

Yoga innately helps us to create balance in the body and the mind.  When you are stressed you tend to carry a great deal of physical tension in your body. Yoga helps to unlock and release these tensions before they become chronic physical and psychological conditions.

A typical Yoga Class consists of:

Pranayama (breathing)

The word pranayama is derived from two Sanskit words: prana (life force) and yama (control).  By controlling the breath, you can influence every aspect of your life. You can train yourself to breathe in a way that has a positive influence on your health. While we practice conscious breathing, our thinking will slow down, and we can give ourselves a real rest. Mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful it enables us to be in touch with life, which is wonderful in the present moment.

Asana (postures)

Asana helps to keep our muscles, joints and fascia strong and flexible. Yoga postures such as forward bends can be used to calm the brain and invigorate the nervous system. They can successfully relieve headaches, fatigue, stress and mild anxiety. Increasing body awareness will increase this connection between the body and the mind cultivating an overall feeling of well-being.

Dhyana (meditation)

Dhyana means contemplation and meditation.  This leads to Samadhi (enlightenment) and self-knowledge.  It is a state of the present moment, a one-pointedness of the mind. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and tranquillity of the mind. It can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And it can help carry you more calmly through your day and may improve certain medical conditions.

Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind giving you peace of mind. 

With a regular Yoga practice and learning to quiet the mind, you will let go of unwanted emotional and physical patterns and you’ll likely to live a longer and healthier life.

As the late Yogi Sri K Pattabhi Jois would say – Do your practice and all is coming.

Namaste to you.

meet chantal

Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au

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