The Practices of Yoga and the Benefits

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Yoga Asana: Physical poses to Strengthen and open the body

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  • Improves flexibility

  • Improves strength

  • Improves balance

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Reduces symptoms of lower back pain

  • Increases energy

  • Decreases fatigue

  • Increases stamina

  • Increases stability and groundedness

 

MEDITATION: Calming the mind and coming to stillness

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  • Reduces stress, tension and restless thought patterns

  • Decreases worry and anxiety

  • Elevates mood

  • Increases self-awareness

  • Improves attention and concentration

  • Increases kindness

  • Improves sleep

  • Lessens reactivity in situations

  • Changes the structure of your brain: increasing grey matter in areas important for learning, self-awareness and compassion. Click here for an article .

 

Pranayama: regulation of breath to shift energy

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  • Brings oxygen to the brain, spine and nerves which improves overall health of the body

  • Calms and balances nervous system and mind

  • Releases toxins from body and aids in digestion

  • Increases focus

  • Promotes health of the vagus nerve (transmits information from brain to organs of the body)

  • Expands lung capacity

  • Increases relaxation

  • Increases vitality and energy

  • Reduces anxiety and depression

  • Increases awareness to the subtle body - energy body

  • Aids in accessing higher states of consciousness (Click here for Anjali’s Video on Breath)

 

Kriya: kriya means action that is evolutionary. in yoga they are repetitive movements, mantra and breath practices that impact your being on the level of the mind, body and energy.

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  • Impacts the subtle body: releases bio-memory in the cells and awakens dormant energy.

  • Rewires the brain and increases activity in the pre-frontal cortex (the area responsible for higher functioning). If this part of brain the brain is more active, you have access to better decision making.

  • With consistent practice Kriya resets nervous system so that you have more access to the relaxation response in stressful situations (accessing the parasympathetic nervous system rather than the sympathetic nervous system).

  • Shifts limiting thoughts and patterns.

  • Impacts the neuro-chemical environment of the brain with the potential to produce serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. The result being more joy and less stress.

  • Promotes brain health and increased ability to concentrate/focus.

  • Awakens intuition and higher states of consciousness.

  • Video on Kriya

 

Mantra: sound vibration using your voice

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  • Increases connection to one's heart

  • Focuses mind

  • Decreases stress

  • Increases endorphins

  • Balances the brain

  • Creates healing bridge between mind and heart

  • Increases awareness

  • Click here for Anjali’s Video on Mantra

 

MUDRA: "Seal" or "gesture" that guides energy flow in the body and creates energetic seals

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  • Connects us to the 5 elements: earth, fire, air, water, ether

  • Improves immune system

  • Assists with emotional state

  • Promotes mental clarity

  • Helps to raise energy when fatigued

  • Promotes courage and fearlessness

  • Calls us home into harmony


Want to learn more?

Click HERE to watch a short video on mantra.

Click HERE for a short video on kriya.