Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.

-Erich Schiffmann
 

YOGA CLASSES AT NIMS

Yoga A relaxing form of exercise that was developed in India and involves assuming and holding postures that stretch the limbs and muscles, doing breathing exercises, and using meditation techniques to calm the mind. Yoga appears to have benefits for increasing physical flexibility and reducing internal feelings of stress. Yoga may be recommended as an alternative or complementary health-promoting practice. Yoga “asanas,” otherwise known as “poses,” can provide a form of moving meditation, sharpening your awareness and concentration by focusing on your body’s movements. Though many people are familiar with seated meditation, it is generally understood that the yoga asanas were designed to prepare the body for long periods of seated meditation. The most common seated positions for meditation are actually ancient yoga poses. Meditation is a discipline used to reach a deeper state of awareness by observing the mind. It’s the seventh of the classical eight limbs of yoga, followed only by Samadhi, the state of supreme bliss and oneness with the universe. That’s pretty enticing! All around the world, there are different styles and practices of meditation, all with different aims. Nevertheless, the ultimate and universal “goal” of yoga is to attain self-realization. Practicing meditation, along with yoga asanas, can be a natural portal to the inner depths of your mind. In yoga, your true essence is always there, buried under illusions and falsehoods. When you learn to calm the fluctuations of your thoughts, you begin to peel away layers of false beliefs. As you reveal your natural state of peace, you learn to practice yoga.

Yoga and Meditation offers its practitioners an abundance of benefits:

  • Reduced anxiety, fatigue, and depression
  • Regulated blood pressure
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Lowered levels of stress hormones, like cortisol
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Regulated breathing and increased lung capacity
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved comprehension and memory
  • Greater sense of well-being
  • Greater sense of living in the present moment
  • Greater sense of purpose
  • Increased emotional stability and feelings of happiness
  • Increased faith in one’s spiritual system or religion
  • Greater sense of compassionate self-awareness and acceptance
Yoga and Meditation can be an important tool for achieving your highest states of health. It can balance and lift your moods, resulting in a more positive outlook on life. It can also help you gain clarity and perspective, which can help you to achieve your goals. Yoga and Meditation requires persistence, dedication, and patience.