What is Yoga? Yoga is derived from Sanskrit, which is the ancient language of India. The term itself means Union, Integration and Wholeness – it is used to promote the harmonious collaboration of your mind, body and spirit.
Yoga’s stretching, strengthening and meditative exercises are beneficial because they require your full attention and focus on the movements, this then discourages your mind from wandering and thinking about unrelated worries.
Using yoga to concentrate the mind and directing it away from distracting matters will have a soothing, settling effect – energy is therefore conserved rather than squandered.
However, yoga cannot be seen as a quick fix. You cannot assume to see immediate results, these will be proportionate to the effort you make when integrating yoga into your weekly (or daily) routine. Through regular practise you will come to know your body which in turn allows you to get in touch with your inner feelings more – this is then a form of mindfulness.
This mindfulness is excellent for promoting calm and control in your busy and stressful life, making it invaluable in keeping your mind, body and spirit happy and glowing.
“When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still… Therefore, one should learn to control the breath”
Hathaway Yoga Pradipika
Practising yoga as a group can have extra benefits, it can help to build up your self-confidence.
If you are looking for a yoga class then group sizes of 10-12 are usually perfect, this ensures your paractise is safe and monitored but you still get the benefits of the class all working together in harmony – many times in Teen classes partner work is encouraged, this builds self-confidence, friendships and trust of other people.
Yoga for Bedtime
Nowadays it isn’t just the adults who have very busy and stressful schedules, a lot of the time kids and teens feel the pressures of school, extra curricular clubs and demanding friendships/relationships – that’s why yoga is so important in managing those stress levels and promoting a good, long rest during the night.
Sleep fulfills two important functions:
- The restoration of energy
- The resynchronisation of the body
Sleep deprivation can cause serious consequences when it is left over long periods of time, this could include:
- Low energy levels
- Low motivation
- Poor concentration
- Poor performance
- Psychosis (in more extreme cases)
Practising 5-10 minutes of yoga before bedtime can promote good quality sleep. This includes gentle movements, breathing exercises and possibly burning some aromatic oils which can also have calming properties.
It is also said that a warm bath followed by a herbal tea can also promote good quality sleep.
Watch out for our new Kids & Teen yoga classes coming to The Yoga Project in June.