A key component of yoga is learning to focus the mind, often referred to as mindfulness.  practicing  mindfulness means thinking only of the thing that are happening in the moment, rather than worrying about events in the future or in the past.

Being mindful in yoga means thinking about your alignment in a yoga pose,  the breath in your lungs and the sensation you are feeling.

MEDITATION

Almost all types of yoga involve meditation.  This is a quiet, focused practice that involves thinking about one thing – or nothing at all.

Meditation can be difficult to get right, but it can improve heart health, reduce stress, improve sleep, boost energy and even make people feel younger.

Some yoga teachers ask their students to sit in meditation for five or ten minutes at the beginning of class.  Others simply provide a minute or two at the end of class for quiet reflection.

YOGA IS GOOD FOR YOUR SPIRIT

It’s not just good for your mind and body, it also good for a part of you that can be hard to define: your spirit. When yoga teachers talk about the spirit, they are usually referring to a person’s mood, emotional well-being and sense of self.

Practicing yoga encourages people to focus on themselves.  This can be hard for busy people who are used to focusing all of their energy on work, school, friend or family.

An hour long yoga practice is a chance for people to take a break from their hectic lives and simply engage with their own body and mind.

‘Ananda’ is the Sanskrit word for bliss.  In yoga, it is used to describe a feeling of utter freedom and happiness.

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