Santa Cruz Yoga Defined
There used to be a time when Yoga was seen as a mere fad, practiced only by middle aged people who have such boring lives that they jump on any trendy activity that comes their way, regardless of how effective or expensive the activity can be.
That was then. These days, Yoga has proven itself to be more than just a passing fad, and has officially entered the mainstream. Yoga has finally sloughed off the bohemian stigma, and teenagers, twenty-something professionals, and even the elderly now practice it. It is as common and as accepted as jogging as a physical activity, but the difference is that there are much more benefits.
If you are one of the hold-outs who have yet to join the proverbial club, it helps if you try to first see what is so special about Yoga, what people gain from it, and why you should practice it as well.
Certified Santa Cruz Yoga Instruction
The term “yoga” means “to yoke,” which perfectly defines its purpose. Its essence is to bridge the body, mind, and breath into one. A common misconception among non-practitioners is that Yoga only refers to the physical activity. But the truth is that the physical activity, called “hatha,” is only one of the six systems of yoga. I have my students apply the other five elements which consist of meditation (raja), devotion (bhakti), knowledge (jnana), action (karma), and cleansing techniques (kriya).
For most of us, the purely physical aspect of Yoga is enough, and already provides a number of benefits that you cannot get from any other practice or lifestyle change (at least, not without massively disruptive changes to your entire life.) If you are looking for reasons why you should practice Yoga, then it is worth looking into these benefits.
I teach my students to promote inner peace and contentment, and as such every activity – even five minutes of meditation or breathing exercises, will help alleviate all of the stress that a person is suffering from. And this effect is cumulative. The more you practice yoga, the less stress you feel overall even when you are not actively practicing, as your mind is strengthened and conditioned to be more resistant to the usual toil and struggles of daily life.
Additionally, Yoga goes beyond mere body workout. It also aims to serve as a workout for your mind and spirit, keeping you at peace, and all around refreshed. It is common knowledge that mental and emotional health has an effect on physical health, so trying to focus solely on physical fitness while ignoring mental and emotional fitness would be counter-productive. Yoga is designed to address the body, the mind, and the spirit all at the same time, in order to provide true holistic health.
It is guaranteed that someone who applies my unique Santa Cruz Yoga teaching style will find that all of the positive changes it brings is worth the small amount of time it takes to practice, and the minor lifestyle change it requires.”