We live in a wonderfully complex biodynamic world of evolution and change, rich with diverse yet interconnected forms of life. The threads of own lives are deeply woven into the fabric of this matrix.
Yet sometimes it is not so easy to feel or make sense of a connection with our-selves, with others or with our environment.
Yoga can provide a stimulus for inquiry, for a gradual exploration of our personal reality and inner world.
We inhabit miraculous bodies that love and need movement to stay healthy and vibrant. So the practice of yoga often begins with an exploration of our physical reality through movement, observation of breath and postures known as asana in Sanskrit. Whether or not we can do the asana is irrelevant. More important (and perhaps more interesting) is our ability to be present and open to the quality of our experience in movement and stillness.
At the heart of yoga is breath, offering a way to integrate body, mind, emotions and guide us back towards a deeper sense of self.
Breath is central to our physical, psychological and emotional health. How we breathe impacts on many levels.
We all breathe from moment to moment without thinking about it as breath is initiated deep in the brainstem without the need for conscious participation. Yet when we turn our attention to the breath we find a bridge or connection to our inner selves. Like our heart rate, the breath reflects our internal processes. We’ve probably all experienced the uncomfortable sensations of shallow breathing when we are anxious. Fortunately we can also actively attune our breath to influence our nervous system to change our physiology, altering such things as heart rate and blood pressure which in turn affect our feelings, emotions, thinking, behaviour and resilience
As we delve deeper into the practice of yoga, becoming ever more receptive to rhythms of breath, movement, attention and rest, the true wisdom of the body is heard. Moving from the inside allows us to feel into the movement and know where and how to move so that deep tensions and restrictions can be undone.
Listening in this way as we practice promotes self-reliance and encourages a safe and comfortable practice. We learn how to adapt and evolve depending on what is happening inside and around us