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Hi There,

Yoga creates a sense of calmness in the mind. Mind-chatter creates stress; stress creates disease, and disease creates more stress. I became keenly aware of this during my Aura yoga teacher training course. By chance, I took their yoga certification course as part of a quest for personal growth.

Chronic stress is a vicious cycle that can be stopped with regular yoga practise. With the mind free of chatter, stress is reduced and healing can begin. The mind has tremendous power and the ability to heal and promote wellness. Yoga utilizes the mind by teaching us to direct our breath to places within our bodies that need healing energy. Visualizing healthy cells, pure, clean energy and vital juices flowing through the body to places that are stressed, injured or ill is in itself, a healing practise.

Yoga teaches us to breath while moving, exhaling on the opening/expanding part of a movement and inhaling on the contracting/folding part of the movement. This conscious breathing enables us to connect with the life sustaining breath, sending oxygen and prana to places in the body where it is most needed.

Another emotional benefit derived from the practice of yoga, is the awesome sense of accomplishment that follows. When a person begins their yoga practice, and realizes that they can actually do this, the rewards are immediate. It is empowering; self-confidence increases, leading to the desire to continue, further increasing results and relief. This is the kind of beneficial healing cycle yoga can and does create!

Once started, a yoga student wants to do more and more, as health improves. Anyone can start hatha yoga, at any fitness level. An obese or arthritic person could use the aid of a chair, and still results are immediately felt and the new, healthy cycle begins.

When hatha yoga practitioners, who could previously not touch their own toes, discovers that they are now flexible enough to do so, they feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.

Kind Regards,
Vanessa

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