yoga and movement

The body was designed to move.  +-

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

Tree pose with the moon

We are descended from hunters and gatherers, people who spent everyday moving, not sitting behind a desk. The body needs movement to function at it’s highest capacity.  It can be running, dancing, walking, swimming, biking, lifting weights or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It gets our heart pumping, deepens our breathing, and releases feel-good endorphins!

Yoga and other BodyMind movement disciplines such as Tai Chi and Qigong, however, incorporate an awareness that goes deeper. Many of these practices are worldwide in their origins; most ancient cultures in Asia, Africa and the Americas have versions of sacred rituals or fighting that fuse mind and body control and awareness as part of their discipline.

documented health benefits of yoga and movement  +-
  • Improves flexibility, strength and stamina
  • Increases blood flow and circulation
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Enhances proper posture
  • Reduces levels cortisol, a hormone connected to stress
  • Lowers blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • Increases joint health and range of motion
  • Weight bearing exercise increases bone density
  • Improves aerobic conditioning
  • Helps focus on the present
  • Improves balance
  • Releases chronic muscle tension and reduces muscular fatigue
  • Encourages deeper sleep
  • Improves overall lung function and capacity
  • Helps prevent chronic illnesses like IBS by reducing stress
  • Positively affects self-esteem
  • Eases pain
  • Helps reduce the need for pharmaceutical drugs
  • Helps build inner and self-awareness and encourage life change and transformation
  • Chanting has been found to open the sinuses and increase drainage
  • Guided imagery supports physical health including reduction of pain and increase of quality of life
  • Encourages self-care and self-empowerment
types of yoga and movement offered by Au Soleil Practitioners  +-