Your body is the instrument with which you experience your life and its health
is of prime importance. However, your health is much more than just a physical
state and achieving good health is an all day, life-long pursuit towards self-
understanding, wisdom, and liberation.

What does it mean to practice yoga?

Yoga is a philosophy. It is a lifestyle prescribed in ancient texts. It is a way of
being that goes far beyond a physical practice. It is quite natural, to begin by
practicing the physical postures. And even though, at the outset, it may not be
your aim to explore the profound connection between the body and the mind
or to experience mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, the beauty of the
correct practice of the physical postures, is that as your body begins to open up
and you being to breathe more deeply, you begin to want to move to the next step.

Experience a Mind - Body connection through Mindfulness

To practice mindfully means to practice with an energy of being awake and aware
to the present moment and by approaching every aspect of ones practice with a
sense of curiosity.

By learning to practice the physical postures and breathing practices with
mindfulness, you will not only further your physical practice but also cultivate an
intimacy between the mind and the body so that you may begin to understand
the ways in which unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors undermine
emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. You will learn to be gentle with
yourselves and to give yourselves space to understand and to grow.

Practicing in this way will also give you the tools to adopt a particular orientation
toward your experiences in the present moment - an orientation that is
characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance, whether your are washing
the dishes, working, eating or having a conversation.

Philosophy

Getting started

Bringing about a change in ones life has never been considered easy. I would like to share with you my journey towards practicing yoga as a lifestyle in the world today. It is my hope that you will begin to understand what it means to practice mindfully and with an increased sense of awareness.

In our time together we will chant, practice asanas (postures), pranayam (breathing practices), meditation and relaxation techniques and simple mindfulness training exercises (such as mindful eating and mindful walking), that will help you develop awareness through out the day – all techniques and practices that you will be able to take home and apply to your daily life on your own and perhaps even share with your loved ones.

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