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The regular practice of yoga can have untold positive impacts on the body, mind and heart.

Millions of people around the world turn to yoga as a way to get in touch with their inner selves, practice fitness, and find peace in a busy world. If you've never practiced yoga before, you might be wondering what it's all about and the benefits of this exercise? Read on below to find out everything you need to know about yoga, plus how to book online with us for your next yoga session today.

What is yoga?

Yoga is both a physical and spiritual discipline that brings awareness to the body. It uses a series of exercises, stretches, and poses called asanas to help channel awareness into the body. Many people practice yoga on a daily basis for both physical and mental growth, vitality, and healing. You can complete yoga from the comfort of your own home as part of daily practice or join in with groups of like-minded individuals in classes with an experienced yoga teacher.

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When awareness is allowed to enter the body, a new body can be recognised for the first time. This may be the perfect moment where you can form your first experience of your authentic body. It is a moment of recognising awareness, with the help of the body; In this way, both see each other's reflection before the moment of the union called body awareness!

This seems to be the way you can experience awareness in a tangible form. The awareness of the body is being here and now. You're here, and you're present! And this gift of having a body can be appreciated for the first time and can be the most beautiful moment. You may begin a new life of awareness, forever growing and expanding as body awareness. Hence here at The Yogi Life Academy, it is all about becoming aware of your body through yoga, so we are 'living in body awareness'!

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Different types of yoga

There are many different types of yoga practices, all with very different aims and methods. It's important to make yourself aware of the different kinds of yoga to assess which would suit your personal needs the best. Find out more about the most common types of yoga below:


Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga is probably the most physical type of yoga and is perfect for people wanting to experience the feeling of a real workout when doing yoga. Within this practice, you experience many "flows" to help build endurance, strength, and flexibility. It focuses a lot on using the power of the breath to propel yourself through the practice, leaving you feeling more connected to your body as a whole.


Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is perfect for beginners or those not sure where to start with their yoga journey. Typically, Hatha yoga is slower-paced than other forms, meaning it is easier to keep up with for those newer to the practice. As well as a good workout and plenty of stretching, a Hatha class focuses on breathing exercises to help connect you with your inner spirit.


Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga yoga is best suited to experienced yogis who feel confident and capable of leading their own practice and trusting their intuition. Commonly, an ashtanga flow begins with sun salutations followed by a series of more complex standing and floor-based poses.

The benefits of regular yoga

Yoga is incredibly beneficial for the body and mind. Regular practice has been shown to dramatically improve people's quality of life in numerous ways. Find out more about these benefits below:

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  • Healthier body

    Yoga is innately a form of exercise and is an incredible way to tone and build muscle, as well as reach weight-loss goals. Regular vinyasa flows serve as a mindful way to achieve your exercise goals from the comfort of a yoga mat.

  • Calmer mind

    Yoga has incredible benefits for the mind, helping to shut out the noise and distractions of a hectic world. Consistent practices allow you to build up resilience to negative thinking and understand yourself on a deeper and more connected level.

  • Increased flexibility

    The vast range of yoga poses and stretches also means that your flexibility is likely to increase with consistent practice. This can help your general health and means you are less likely to suffer from aches and pains as you get older. It can also make everyday life easier and keep up the health of your joints, limbs, and tendons.

  • Embrace the yogi life

    We can all strive for the yogi life, where the mind, body, and spirit work together to arrive at harmony and inner peace. To find out more about yoga's impact on your life, get in touch with us today or book online to drop into one of our many yoga classes on offer.

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Ayurveda and Yoga

Ayurveda and yoga both compliment each other and go hand in hand in healing the body and living an authentic life. Originating in India over 3000 years ago, Ayurveda is a holistic medicine system that takes its name from the Sanskrit for life (Ayur) and knowledge (Veda). This is why this practice is commonly known as the knowledge of life.

Ayurveda seeks to cure not just the symptoms that a person may be displayed but the root cause of these symptoms. With a focus on physical health and spiritual and emotional wellbeing, Ayurveda addresses the underlying issue causing symptoms of ill health. These symptoms could be stress and anxiety, high blood pressure, or aches and pains in your hips, knees, or back.


What are Doshas in Ayurveda, and how can you balance them?

One of the most vital principles of Ayurvedic practice is a person's Doshas. Ayurvedic practice is driven by the importance of honouring the five elements which are vital to life - these are air, fire, water, space, and earth. These five elements combine to create each individual person's Doshas, which are found inside everybody.

The three Doshas are Pitta (fire and water), Vata (air and space), and Kapha (water and earth). Your Doshas need to be in balance in order for you to achieve a sense of physical health and mental wellbeing, providing an overall sense of calm and peace. If the Doshas are out of balance, this is when you may find that you're suffering from aches, pains, gastric issues, and a range of other health complaints. Because of the unique combination of each person's Doshas, knowing how to balance them can be challenging.

The Three Gunas

The three Gunas play another important role in Ayurvedic principles, describing one's emotional, physical, and energetic characteristics. They are Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The sattvic is stable, clear, and light in nature. It is a state of being that comes from the awareness of connectedness with Self and purity of mind and manifests most of our virtuous qualities. At the same time, the Rajasic qualities are more agitated, dynamic, and active in nature. In this state of being, one is emotional with fear, worry, and jealousy and has been distracted from their truest nature. Tamasic quality can be dull, dark, and sluggish. The state of violent, self-destructive behaviours and addictions can be the state of being. By discovering one's dominant gunas, one can use Ayurvedic yoga asanas, ayurvedic diet, or other ayurvedic medicinal remedies to balance one's gunas to live a harmonic life.

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