Yoga is really a time to spend trying to work out what it is that I need to stretch and what angles I need to align in my body in order to let go of tension. The yoga poses really work on calming the mind through focusing on either working out how to do a posture or having good pain like when stretching a muscle that has been tensed up for most of my life.
When I started with Polly it was simply just trying to make at least a class a week whenever I could fit it in and went to all of the different levels of class and then started to regularly attend Tuesday night men's class. The men's class helped take away that feeling of being self-conscious while practicing an art that can never be perfect. Early in we did do head stands in class, but the class is really focused on simple postures that help to get everything into alignment. What I now understand is that taking the time to learn from the beginning through a course or a weekend workshop really helps progress rather than just randomly attending classes.
Besides having a good wind down through yoga, I found that it has helped me with lifting weights at the gym. Without yoga, I used to end up getting really out of alignment and having back and neck pain after a while. I am far more conscious when I am in the gym about how I lift and engaging core strength through posture.
I really recommend doing an introductory course at the school. It is the best way to learn.
A series of new introductory courses are open for booking. Follow this link to the web page for new students.
Yoga is the lay persons neuroscience - Yogis have known for centuries that there are layers of mental activity that can be harnessed and directed. When attention becomes concentration and concentration establishes a pause between the rise and fall of thoughts, we arrive into a state known as meditation. The interconnections between the layers of consciousness create the conditions for wisdom.. it arises in the pause, in the interruption of habitual thought.
“As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace. When we stop like that, it looks as if nothing is happening, but in fact everything is happening. You are deeply established in the present moment, and you touch your cosmic body. You touch eternity. There is no more restlessness, no more seeking.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Yoga provides a context in which teens, living in a sea of peer pressure, performance stress and emotional change, learn restraint and self reflective awareness. This course for teenagers aged between 12 and 15 years of age, will both challenge and nourish them.