“As a breeze ruffles the surface of a lake and distorts the images reflected therein, so also the chitta vritti (mind fluctuations) disturbs the peace of the mind. The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.” BKS Iyengar
This beautiful saying of BKS Iyengar forms our mantra at Yogana. We craft every yoga session with passion and care to include a balance of physical, breathing and relaxation exercises. We have made it our goal that each of our classes should be a step towards bringing more peace to our mind and making our beings more pure and still, to feel and reflect the beauty of our inner selves.
At Yogana Studio physical exercises start with specific warm up stretches called Pavana Mukta Asana. These practices help release joint and digestive system gases and toxins, which prepare the body for physical exercise or Yoga Asanas. Performing Asanas will help strengthen muscles, joints and bones, and work positively on the internal systems of the body such as the nervous system, endocrine glands, immune and the digestive systems. As a result of such training, the learner benefits from acquiring physical equilibrium and endurance.
Yogana Studio recognizes the importance of relaxation or Savasana, thus following each of these Asanas with few moments of rest and at the closure of each session in a more intense manner. Science has shown that ten minutes of this relaxation technique is equivalent to few hours of deep sleep. This will help in excretion of lactic acid build up in muscles, which in turn re-sensitizes the body. Savasana is the experience of total physical, mental and emotional relaxation as a result of realising the relaxing hormones from the endocrine glands which is resulting in calmness, clarity, healing and at last a pleasant happiness.
Yogana Studio employs breathing exercises that teach the use of maximum capacity of lungs and absorption of vital energies or Prana. As a result, the performance of the respiratory system is improved which in turn will help the lungs, heart and the efficient delivery of enough oxygen to the cells. In addition, the consistent use of correct breathing will help the body to rebuild and becomes much more resilient towards mental distress, anxiety, and many health issues. Yoga philosophy states that the art of controlled breathing will eventually lead to control of the mind.
At Yogana Studio, through collective and consistent use of specific yoga trainings, you will experience true peace, joy and health.
The Five Points of Yoga
1.Proper Exercise (Asanas)
Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2.Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3.Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
4.Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.