When in the hands of an experienced and wise teacher, Yoga meets the individual as and where they may find themselves, addressing the uniqueness of each and every one of us, our concerns and our particularities, our physical limitations.
Whilst we are all born with genetically pre-determined characteristics that influence our health, the way we are and the way we feel, are largely influenced by our choices from moment-to-moment, and on a daily basis. By bringing us closer to our breath, increasing our awareness of how we feel on a physical, mental and emotional level, Yoga has an important therapeutic application, by directly impacting the nervous system and calming deep reflexes of the body-mind, this ancient practice has been proven to beneficially aid many imbalances, illnesses and ailments (including pain management).
Yoga can be incorporated into the lifestyle of those with a wide range of conditions that include cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression as well as injuries and physical imbalances.
Awareness practices such as Yoga and quiet sitting (different types of meditation) guide us towards becoming aware of our beliefs, thoughts, words and actions, and to understand how they interact with our well-being.
As such we have the opportunity to effect our wellness, and in the words of Gary Kraftsow, “If we understand who we are, we can refine and improve how we feel no matter what our genetic predisposition.”