Yoga, the Key to Increased Productivity & Well-being
Thousands of years ago, realising that they were only using a small part of their mental and physical potential, some men sought a way to increase the productivity of their minds and bodies. The way they found was yoga. And yoga remains as relevant to our needs today as it was in 5,000 BC India.
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit yug meaning to yoke or unite. Yoga enhances productivity by bringing body, mind and spirit into union. When these three parts of our being are in balance, we are able progressively to develop our full abilities.
To some this may seem esoteric, yet it is something very practical which we have all experienced. We have all had days when we feel we got out of bed on the wrong side - this is an example of feeling out of balance. We have all experienced moments of clarity and inspiration when everything seems to be going our way - this is when our body-mind-spirit team is working in unison. Yoga teaches us how to focus and bring about this union and inner balance. It is a wonderful state to be in; yoga teaches us how to bring it about and, increasingly, to make it our normal condition. And as we progress our level of achievement is heightened. The really good news is that anyone can tread that path - provided they have the proper guide.
Benefits of Yoga
✓ increased strength & flexibility of muscles and joints
✓ improved digestion and blood circulation
✓ enhanced immune & endocrine functions
✓ improved posture & greater physical awareness
✓ prevention and relief of musculoskeletal disorders (eg back pain)
✓ more energy
✓ mental clarity
✓ greater emotional resilience
✓ improved concentration & focussed attention
✓ reduced anxiety
✓ peaceful mind
✓ a sense of wellbeing
✓ increased capacity for dealing with life experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.
That is clear.” Dalai Lama
“Yoga makes the rough road smooth.”
Rama of Haridwar
"8 months after knee surgery I was frustrated by lingering stiffness and aching despite an active regime of gym exercise and running. After only 3 weeks of yoga – including leg stretches – I found I was wasn't thinking of the knee anymore as all symptoms had gone and 2 weeks after that there has been no recurrence. Maybe it's coincidence but I don't think so."
"Just wanted to let you know that I have noticed how much your yoga has helped me. Especially within my nursing, making me realise when to breathe and also in general just having an amazing and positive outlook on everything. Although I'm not stress or anxiety free (impossible I know) I feel like yoga has helped me manage it so much better.
So yes just a big thank you as I have noticed how calm I am in stressful situations recently!"
Yoga is for Every Body
You do not have to be flexible or follow any belief system in order to do yoga. Yoga is about learning how your body and mind work thereby maximising their potential.
Yoga is non-competitive and can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. Yoga postures can be adapted to the requirements of the individual.