What is Yoga?
Yoga arises around 5000 years ago in India. The idea behind yoga was to keep balance between body, spirit and soul. Yoga, therefore, means to self-control everything in your body (or not). In this way, you learn to know your body, control it and accept it.
The body and spirit are connected to each other and they interact with each other. When you have many thoughts, they will show in your attitude and vice versa. This is why with Yoga you will develop more self-control, concentration and inner peace. Your body will also become more powerful and flexible.
Yoga effects on Body and Spirit
- Improve fitness
- Develop more energy
- Improve of muscle building and flexibility of the joints
- Burning fat and improvement of the digestion system
- Improvement of posture and reduction of headache, back-, shoulder- and neckpain
- Activating the nervous system
- Improvement of the hormonal system
- Self-awareness and more confidence
- More confidence in your body
- Reduction of stress and more relaxation
- Living in the NOW
- Strengthening of perseverance and concentration
- Balance between body and spirit
Everybody can do Yoga!
Different types of yoga
There are many different types of yoga. Well, there are two opposing principles: Yin Yoga and Yang Yoga. This combination during your yoga practice complements each other and creates balance between the body and the mind.
Yin Yoga is a combination of the traditional Hatha yoga and disciplines from the Chinese Taoist tradition. Yin Yoga is an intensive style of yoga in which relaxation, mindfulness, mobility, flexibility of connective tissue and the stimulation of life energy come together. It stands in contrary to our hectic and complex lives. Yin Yoga is a quiet lesson in which you stay in a position for 3 to 5 minutes. There is no use of muscle strength, no bandha’s and heavy ujjayi breathing, most of the positions are sitting or lying.
Yang Yoga (Power Yoga) is based on the Ashtanga Yoga and is a dynamic form of yoga. It consists of a vast series of powerful positions which are performed on a breathing rhythm. We will also use the Ujjayi breathing technique and because of the Vinyasa’s there’s a flow. It consists of meditation, sungreeting and exercises which can go from standing, sitting to lying, closing with a Savasana.
The combination of Yang Yoga and Yin Yoga
Yin and Yang stand for balance. The balance between quiet and dynamic, slow and fast, female and male, and cold and warm. The one can’t be there without the other. Contradictions which strengthen each. This can also be applied to the combination of Yoga lessons and the western way of living.
The western way of living has lots of common with Yang: achieving, progression, goal oriented: achieving things. This can lead to stress, headache and/or a burn-out. Yin can be a binding force to get back in balance, to get back in contact with your body with silence. Yin stands for the “be-modus”: accepting, letting go and coming back to yourself. Yin also stands for slow, static, soft and about resignation and about letting go (the muscles!).
By combining those two Yoga lessons, you will keep your body and mind in balance.
There are different types of yoga under Yang Yoga. Are you curious? Below is more information about what is covered by my portfolio.
- Mindful Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Power Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Vinyasa/Ashtanga Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Yang / Yin Yoga
Yoga and epilepsy / chronic diseases
That is why I specialise in offering Yoga for people with epilepsy / chronic diseases, because of my own experience. The goal of these lessons is to go back in your body and to learn to trust it. To create a balance between body and mind in this way. Every Yoga lesson will be adjusted to the groups and everybody is welcome. Which sickness you may have, your body is something which you control and what you can move