By MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist
Becoming a human pretzel is not the goal of Yoga, instead we continually strive to know and listen to the heart as it has its own intelligence — What's yours telling you?
Since the day I entered a Yoga Ashram 23 years ago, Hatha Yoga practice has been one of the great loves of my life. I am not naturally flexible so it was the physical challenge of Yoga that initially sparked my love. The deeper I moved my body into the poses the more I found that I was also challenged by heart and mind. Yoga is honest and direct; we gain the most when we listen to the body as it flows through a posture or slowly opens as we surrender in a Yin Yoga pose. We learn the difference between what the mind says is possible or impossible and what the body is actually capable of when we work to release old holding patterns. In this way, Yoga deepens our understanding of our own essence by helping us connect profoundly with our bodymind.
At Miraval, there are many opportunities to practice and learn. Beginners can check out a Yoga Essentials class to test the waters or a seasoned yogi may take the same class to experience beginner’s mind. Any of the Level 2 classes will support physical strength, determination, focus, and balance while the Restorative and Yin classes will calm the bodymind as we surrender in postures for longer periods of time.
DID YOU KNOW? Research has shown practicing Yoga:
- Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina
- Lowers blood pressure
- Aids in alleviating cravings
- Stimulates the immune system
- Improves circulation
- Improves concentration and creativity
- Boosts self esteem
- Creates sense of well being and calm
EveryBODY is different. Private time with a certified Miraval yoga instructor gives you access to poses, breathing practices, and tips to meet your body’s needs. Leave with confidence to practice effectively in class or with a personalized program for home.