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What is yoga ?

“Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way."
-Swami Vishnu Devananda, Hatha Yoga Professor  
 
YOGA with Bishnu Kumar Karki from Nepal

ॐ योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:
( yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ )

What is yoga?
Yoga is the union of body, spirit and soul. In yoga physical exercises (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and exercises with special breathing techniques (mudras) are being combined to one routine. Yoga is a holistic approach to a healthy body and optimally and harmoniously working organs. You will experience mental balance and contentment. Through the regular practice of yoga you will not only gain general health, but you will also enjoy increased mental clarity, a better memory and more flexibility if faced with life changes.
You will also become much more patient, a prerequisite for a fulfilled daily life, good friendships and deep partnerships.

Specific positive effects of yoga
The physical exercise (asanas) can help you to conquer restlessness, sleep problems, concentration problems and burn out. They can prevent rheumatism, digestive problems and diabetes. The activation of muscles, tendons and the blood and lymphatic system increases the nourishment of all body parts. Mental fatigue and chronic headaches can be relieved, and mental agility increases. Through the heat and blood flow generated by the asanas, the spine and the joints become more flexible and the body regains it’s natural, healthy shape. Additionally, strength, stamina and flexibility of the muscles increase, the sense of equilibrium increases and the musculature of the back is strengthened, leading to an improved posture.

The breathing exercises (pranayama) help to open up the nasal cavities and increase the capacity of the lungs. Through pranayama, negative thoughts are being released and mental strength increases, leading to a higher quality of life. The exercises are calming and increase patience, decisiveness and will power. Regular practice will quickly increase your mental clarity and concentration.

The exercises with special breathing techniques (mudras) are especially targeting the endocrine system and the inner organs (kidneys, pancreas, liver, stomach, spleen and tonsils).

The class I teach is a complete yogic lecture, with meticulously coordinated exercises. We start with a beginning relaxation and continue with breathing exercises (pranayamas) and physical exercises (asanas). There will be mental guidance and the very important deep relaxation at the end of every practice.

ॐ योग: चित्त-वृत्ति निरोध:
( yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ )