“The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement.”
Yoga means connection: it brings body and mind together. Practicing yoga makes the body stronger, more flexible and generally healthier. If the body is relaxed, it becomes much easier to calm the heart and mind. Yoga will stimulate your personal development and spiritual evolution. Yoga is a way to connect in a deeper manner with both yourself and the world around you.
In my classes I advise students to be careful, loving and patient with their body. You should never push yourself into a pose. Let go of the competitive mind-set. No experience or flexibility is required to practice Yoga. As some poses are new to your body, they might feel a bit uncomfortable. It is all right to stretch to your limit, but never stay in a pose that hurts. Your body will respond beautifully when you show it kindness, acceptance and love. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, use the power of your breath and not the force of your muscles or willpower. Start where you are and enjoy yourself!
I explain the effect of asana’s on both the physical as the emotional and psychological level. This will help you gain more insight in the poses and will help you to choose your own home-practice according to your needs. With yoga, you’ll get a toolbox full of beautiful exercises with which you can heal yourself.
Mindfulness is attentive awareness: being aware of what is going on in the present moment. To really ‘be here now’. Mindfulness practice is derived from Buddhism, but can also be traced back to the Upanishads, early Hindu scriptures. It is truly empowering and healing if you know what is going on in your body and mind without either suppressing it or acting it out. You become less reactive and this gives you a greater freedom. Mindfulness is used in Yoga to integrate the different bodily and spiritual experiences with awareness.