Yoga & Meditation
Yoga is a Sanskrit word. Its verbal root, yuj, means to yoke or to unite. In a spiritual context, Yoga stands for training or unitive discipline.
“A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary
There is a Yoga practice for you, and it’s not all headstands and twisty postures. Warrington Tai Chi Centre’s Paul Houghton interweaves periods of rest with moderate to challenging movement sequences as he teaches Hatha Yoga.
Keeping the mind focused upon the breath throughout the movement and rest periods helps to keep the body relaxed and enhances positivity and wellbeing. Learning to listen to your inner responses helps you to adjust your involvement level accordingly during the class.
“If you are breathing, you can do Yoga.” Paul Houghton
Corporate Yoga sessions can be a huge benefit to any organisation. Calmer, more relaxed and focussed employees can have a positive effect on productivity and harmony in the workplace.
Modern life can leave us feeling stressed and tired. Small stresses that we face in our day-to-day lives can compact and manifest as physical symptoms; tiredness, muscle aches, insomnia, etc.
Meditation has been a part of our spiritual evolution for thousands of years. It is at the root of major religions who all practice meditation in some form. While it is true meditation can help us to unravel the deeper questions, it is more often used for relaxing and calming both body and mind.
There is much documented evidence that shows meditation has major benefits and can aid the recovery of people with substance abuse, alcohol addiction and mental illness.
Practicing meditation helps us to calm our minds and connect with a deeper part of ourselves for true inner peace. The benefits of meditation are real and tangible. Meditation is at the heart of Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga. Practiced daily, meditation will have a positive effect on every part of your life.
- Reduce stress
- Control your thoughts
- Achieve inner peace
- Increase energy
- Enhance focus and concentration
- Improve creativity
- Overcome addiction
We naturally exist in a meditative state at various moments of our daily lives. Even more so if we are in natural surroundings staring into a flickering campfire as our ancestors once did. Moments of reflection and a quiet mind do occur but they are often interrupted by a distraction, either in the form of a thought or an external distraction.
Practicing meditation for just 15 minutes a day can help us to disassociate from distraction allowing us to achieve greater focus and enjoy the many physical and emotional benefits that go along with it.