Awakening mind, body and spirit with Yoga!
A daily yoga practice can change your physical and mental state quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health. Hatha yoga, which focuses on basic postures at a comfortable pace, is the basis for what Lotus Vine Journeys teach on our retreats.
Yoga is another form of meditation practice and through an integrated flow of meditation in movement we discover that which we call "body" and that which we call "mind" are different aspects of the same living presence.
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It comes from the word yuj, which means yoking, as in a team of oxen. In contemporary language, this is often interpreted as meaning union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. This union is a form of balance and it’s what we are seeking to fulfill on the spiritual path. So many of us feel cut off and disconnected from our bodies so a yoga practice can help us to feel connected and embodied once again.
Yoga’s focus on flexibility is also an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside out, so you don’t just look good, you also feel good too. Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating chronic pain symptoms. Through gentle postures done with loving awareness we can open our channels and heal our bodies.