Joanna believes Yoga to be a wonderful modality to discover the physical body you want, the mindset you want, and the quality of life you desire. By bringing balance to the body and mind, Yoga allows us to set a clearer path towards our goals. Yoga is a practice that significantly strengthens the body while opening and increasing flexibility. Joanna believes Yoga to be one of the best practices to take control of the mind; learning our own mental habits, recognizing where we are, and consciously moving towards where we want to be and HOW we want to be. Using the connection of breath and movement, we find ease within strength and strength within ease.
The word “Yoga” means “Union.” With the practice of yoga, we aim to unite the mind and the body. Often times our mind is what gets in the way of us achieving our goals -- fitness based, or professional and personal goals. When we work to find the balance and connection of the mind to the body and the body to the mind, we find that they work in unison, and we can find both the body and quality of life that we aim for.
There are eight limbs of yoga:
1) Yama (Treatment of others)
2) Niyama (Treatment of yourself)
3) Asana (Postures)
4) Pranayama (Breath)
5) Pratyahara (Withdrawal of Senses)
6) Dharana (Concentration)
7) Dhyana (Meditation)
8) Samadhi (Enlightenment)
The first two limbs focus on morale. How you go about your life, both in relation to others and to yourself. The next three limbs (3,4, and 5) focus on the physical practice of yoga; the physical “doing” of the yoga practice. The next two limbs (6 and 7) focus on the mental portion of the yoga practice; bringing attention to our mind and its actions and state. Limb 8, Enlightenment, is thought to be what we seek by practicing Limbs 1-7: a state of ecstasy.
When exploring your yoga practice, you may or may not touch on all of these “limbs.” The goals that you set for yourself will depend on the combination and depth of exploration into these different aspects of the practice.
Benefits of Yoga:
- Relieves stress
- Increases personal awareness
- Encourages breath awareness
- Teaches control over perception
- Increases flexibility
- Increases strength and muscle tone
- Strengthens the core (back, abdomen and pelvis)
- Improves posture, balance and coordination
- Teaches proper alignment and form
- Prevents injuries
- Useful rehabilitative tool
- Enhances athletic performance
- Increased join mobility
Principles of Yoga: