Yoga is a way to access a deeper level of self than what we are normally taught to recognise.
A typical class will include Asanas – which are yoga postures and Vinyasas which are a series of flowing movement sequences co-ordinated with breath. Together, they develop steadiness, strength and vitality as well as fluidity, ease and release. As a result, we feel more at home in our bodies.
Paying attention to our breathing is the easiest way to connect to ourselves because the breath is the invisible bridge between the body and the mind. Yoga classes will teach practical, accessible techniques for finding, observing, and balancing the breath. At the end of each class there is time for relaxation.
Timetable for classes in Letterkenny:
Mon 10:30 am – 12.00 pm – Beginners Yoga, €10 drop in
Wed 6:15 – 7.00 pm – Mindfulness Meditation class, €10 drop in
Friday 10:30 am – 12.00 pm – Experienced Yoga, €10 drop in
Integral Therapy offers One to One CBT sessons, Corporate and Small Group Yoga and Meditation or Mindfulness classes
Top Reasons to Practice Yoga
Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.
Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.
Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
The Yoga sutras outline the 8 limbs of Yoga
Yamas – Restraints
Niyamas – Observance
Asanas – Postures
Pranayama – Breathing
Pratyahara – Withdrawal of senses
Dharana – Concentration
Dhyani – Meditation
Samadhi – Absorption
See my Blog article on What is Yoga?