What can my style of yoga offer you?
As we move, we stay atuned to how our bodies feel. For instance, whilst I am in cat pose, what sensations do I feel in my legs? Are they tingling, numb, warm, cool, tense, spacious? We listen, we notice and we open a dialogue up with our bodies. Gently observing ourselves leads to greater awareness in all areas of our lives.
"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships"
T. K. V Desikacha
What are the benefits of yoga?
According to Shirley Telles:
- Fine motor skills
- Oxygenation of muscles
- Hand-eye coordination
- Cognitive skills: perception, attention, concentration, short-term memory
- Stress (a study showed it decreased by 35% after 1 1/2 hours practice weekly for three months)
In Tina Cartwright's first UK Survey of yoga, yoga was shown to alleviate:
- Stress 98%
- Anxiety 96%
- Depression 93%
- Insomnia 79%
- Back 95%
- Shoulder pain 91%
- Arthritis 87%
- Headaches 75%
- Asthma 72%
Yoga helps neurodiverse populations
For Lucy Flora, interoception is key for neurodiverse populations, such as those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Exteroception -our five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell
- Proprioception -where our body is in space
- Kinaesthesia -a sense of movement
- Interoception -tuning into our bodily sensations
By using interoception, we fine tune the relationship between our rational brain and our emotional one. The frontal lobes can learn to monitor the lower parts of our brain by noticing our inner sensations. It is the mindful and observing part of us that says, ‘oh I am feeling this’, or ‘I have this sensation’ and being able to feel and watch it.