Yoga Sun Salutations: A Practice For Healthy, Active People

Doing yoga postures and practices is like taking vitamins. It’s a natural treatment that has a specific result. For example, certain postures help improve flexibility, others stimulate digestion, still others stimulate liver function for ‘detoxification’. Each posture has its own mental effects as well: calming, stimulating, interiorizing, exteriorizing, building confidence, stabilizing concentration, building poise etc.

Many people practice the sun salutation and variants on that sequence. For healthy, active people, there are good reasons for this. From a purely physical standpoint, most sun salutation sequences are balanced practices which include some contra-posture work that re-equilibrate the body. It’s also a simple, balanced practice that can be easily learned and repeated. Finally, it constructs the body in the right direction for more advanced posture work.

More subtly, sun salutations are also a stimulating practice that opens the breath, warms the body, stimulates and stabilizes the mind. The sequence helps to facilitate dealing with change. Certain postures help to build confidence. You finish the practice, and you say ‘Wow, I feel great. I am no longer tired, and I am mentally and physically ready to go about my day’.

If you like vinyasa and sun salutations, in our yoga center in Paris 7, YogaYoga Paris, classes that are right for you are Tuesday mornings with Orianne at 9h00, Thursday mornings with Sarah at 9h00, Friday at 12h30 with Laure and Saturday mornings with Sarah at 11h15.

Oliver BELL

YogāYogāParis

Paris 7 Métro LaTour Maubourg

01 47 20 71 56

www.yogayogaparis.fr

Feel better by doing simple postures in gentle yoga

Of course, yoga is much more than just doing postures. It is also clearing your mind of intrusive thoughts. It is stabilizing, strengthening and lengthening your breath. Here, I am just focusing on yoga asana or yoga postures.

Yoga postures can get rid of your daily back pain that is caused by stress or by poor posture. You would be surprised by how easy and simple the postures are that relieve these kinds of problems in just a few weeks. I’ve already described one article in an American medical journal that offers scientific proof of the power of gentle yoga. I must admit that in 10 years of teaching, sometimes these simple stress-related problems go away after just one class! There is absolutely no need to put your body in any kind of contortion to help yourself.

You can also do yoga postures to relieve stress even if you don’t have very much flexibility. We do yoga to improve flexibility ; you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. The stress relief that comes about by working gently with the body is the gift we give ourselves by practicing.

Once our body feels great from doing a few postures, we are free to improve breath control, concentrate and meditate. That is, we can do more yoga ; or, free from pain, we can just do the normal activities in our lives that we love to do.

Sound interesting? In our yoga center in Paris 7, YogaYoga Paris, classes that are right for you are Wednesday and Thursday night Hatha Yoga with Rania, Thursday morning and Saturday mornings with Sarah, Friday night relaxation and Sunday night ‘Breath and Move’ or ‘Restorative Yoga’

Oliver BELL

YogāYogāParis

Paris 7 Métro LaTour Maubourg

01 47 20 71 56

www.yogayogaparis.com

 

L’amour de la vie en pleine conscience

C’est difficile, parfois, de retrouver la sensation de l’amour de la vie. Avec toutes nos limitations, nos erreurs, nos échecs, nous ne pouvons pas éviter la déception. (Sans parler de la malchance ou de la malheur causé par les autres – exprès ou pas !)

Mais souvenez-vous que la vie est le développement de l’expression de Soi. C’est un processus. Difficile, parfois, de deviner le sens de la vaste complexité de ce que nous appelons ‘la vie’, particulièrement, lorsque nous nous retrouvons dans les moments difficile. Soyez confiant que d’autres chemins deviennent apparents pour vivre ce qu’il faut.

Dans ces moments, essayez de faire confiance dans cette expression de Soi, qui est en train de se développer et de s’exprimer. Vous êtes en train de vous construire. Nous ne sommes pas toujours le maître de tous que nous faisons, et parfois il faut attendre le processus.

Trop difficile ? Je ne suis pas fou 😉 Je vous rappelle qu’un enfant ne marche pas comme ça. Il se tombe des milliers des fois avant de marcher. Nous ne disons pas qu’un tel enfant est maladroit ou incapable. Loin de ça, nous avons une sensation d’émerveillement et de joie chaque fois il ou elle est en train de perfectionner ses pas.

C’est ça l’image que vous portez tous les jours. Retrouvez le respect, même la révérence pour le processus. Etablissez une confiance que, tel qui arrive, c’est comment vous vivez l’expérience de votre chemin qui compte.

Remettez vous debout, et recommencez.