Why Do Yoga?
The Yoga classes at Mark Jarman Yoga are suitable for all levels, including complete beginners. It is understandable that many people have fear about coming to their first class. They are not sure if they are flexible or strong enough, or maybe just have the wrong impression of what it is all about. In my experience the great majority of people who come to their first class come back for more.
When you practise yoga regularly:
- You become supple, flexible, strong and fit
- Yoga postures lengthen and strengthen muscles and ligaments and put joints through their full range of movement. Combined with appropriate breathing, they provide exercise that increases fitness without being tiring
- You learn to move gracefully
- You develop good posture
- The postures work on a deep level realigning the skeletal structure of the body. People who take up yoga often grow noticeably taller because their spine stretches and they learn to hold themselves properly
You look better.
- Firm muscle tone, bright eyes and clear complexion contribute to the radiant appearance of the person who has embraced yoga. This, combined with good posture and grace of movement, makes for a pleasing outward appearance.
- You live longer and remain healthy and vigorous, well into old age.
- Many people work hard and save for a comfortable retirement, only to find that when the time comes, failing health prevents them from enjoying it. With yoga, your ‘prime of life’ can last into your seventies and eighties. Taking up yoga is the very best investment you can make towards a long, healthy and active life.
- You breathe smoothly and efficiently.
- Yogic breathing strengthens the diaphragm and encourages deeper, freer breathing. ‘Breath is life’ and as correct breathing, learned through yoga, becomes more and more habitual your energy levels and your health improve radically.
- You sleep well
- Stretching muscles and ligaments helps them to relax. Deep relaxation is a key ingredient of yoga and is conducive to deep, refreshing sleep.
- You concentrate and focus well.
- Posture, yogic breathing, relaxation and meditation all help to calm and still the mind. When your mind is calm and still it can be your servant rather than your master and is available to you for whatever you wish to do with it.
- You cope well with stress.
- The improvements to your health and the ability to relax deeply that come with yoga make you more resilient. Even in times of crisis you can learn to ‘switch off ‘ and recuperate.
- You have more energy and vitality.
- Many forms of exercise make you fit but can also be tiring. Yoga practice is energizing. You practice yoga not just to get fit, but also to ‘recharge your batteries’.
- You have fewer accidents.
- Yoga practice calms you. It brings poise, balance and mindfulness and helps you to live in the present.
- When you are calm and aware you are less likely to have accidents than when you are agitated and preoccupied.
- You suffer less from illness and unpleasant symptoms.
- The energizing, relaxing and balancing effect of yoga all serve to boost the autoimmune system, helping it to prevent and fight illness and disease.
- .The list of illnesses acknowledged by the medical profession as ‘psychosomatic’ grows every year. The peace of mind which yoga brings serves to heal and prevent these illnesses and symptoms.
- Yoga exercises massage and tone the internal organs and balance the glandular and endocrine systems.
- They thus serve to regulate the chemistry of the body helping it to remain free from disease.
- You are more relaxed and live comfortably in your body
- Deep relaxation, so central to yoga, feeds into your daily life, reducing your stress level and making you more relaxed generally. One of yoga’s prime rewards is a sense of feeling comfortable in your body; a sense of lightness and transparency, which is not just an absence of discomfort but a positive sense of wellbeing.
- You enjoy increased self-respect and self esteem.
- To practice yoga is to be kind to yourself, to nurture yourself, to ‘treat your body as your temple’. When you realize that you are beginning to transform your health and sense of wellbeing through yoga you grow in self-respect and self-esteem.
How It Works
Mark Jarman Yoga classes are suitable for all levels and complete beginners are encouraged to give it a go! My classes are true to the traditions of Hatha Yoga and are structured to provide the practitioner with the maximum of benefit from a weekly class whether 60 or 120 minutes long. The class gives equal thought and attention to all the systems of the human body. On a physical level we pay attention to all the joints, muscles, organs, glands, and nerves. We also stimulate the digestive, respiratory, cardio vascular, endocrine, reproductive, lymphatic and immune system. We do this by working both physically and energetically. Eastern forms of exercise, including Yoga, recognise 72,000 energy points (nadis) within the human body. The seven main points being the Chakras which are situated from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These energy points are closely connected to the nervous system and influence each and every aspect of our being. Our health, emotionally, energetically and physically is dependent on the free flow of energy. Yoga postures are designed to target these energy points, releasing blockages and opening up the energy lines in our bodies. This is what contributes to that feeling of bliss after a Yoga session. It’s a complete health check!
Hatha Yoga differs both physically and philosophically from the vast majority of other forms of exercise, particularly in the West. Hatha Yoga operates on a total approach to health and fitness, and a broader understanding of strength, beyond just physical power. Hatha Yoga is not just a momentary result; it’s an intelligent and gentle, calm yet challenging, and gradual process by which we arrive at ‘lasting’ health and wellbeing.
If practised regularly Yoga ‘will’ add years to your life and as you get older, you will take on an ageless appearance.
Why is this?
The Yogis took thousands of years to develop a form of exercise that addresses each and every aspect of your being. A regular Hatha Yoga practise will develop a fine physique, which is strong and elastic, without being muscle bound – this is without question. However its real beauty is that it gives equal thought and attention to all the systems of the human body and mind, including:
- Muscular System
- Skeletal System
- Cardiovascular System (circulation)
- Respiratory System (breathing)
- Digestive System
- Nervous System
- Reproductive System
- Immune System
- Endocrine System (hormones)
- Lymphatic System (drainage of impurities)
- Integumentary System (skin)
- Excretory System